Conservation grazing helps rare bird

Numbers of cirl bunting have more than quadrupled in a coastal reserve in Devon over the last five years, following an RSPB project grazing Dartmoor ponies. The charity has been loaning the ponies to graze the steep but flower-rich fields at Labrador Bay since 2009. “Without this vital grazing this special habitat would disappear under bracken and scrubland its value for our wonderful Devon wildlife would be diminished,” project manager Cath Jeffs said. Cattle graze the majority of the reserve in the summer and create the varied structure ...


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