Sheep Grazing

For the first time in over sixty years a flock of sheep is grazing the chalkgrass land between and Heath Hill Avenue  and Bodiam Avenue. Much of the area has been encroached with scrub and trees.

On Friday 13th January children from Bevendean School helped take the flock of sheep onto the steep south facing slopes of the site. It is hoped that the grazing will help keep the grass short for the benefit of plant species such as rock rose and the vetches, this should benefit butterflies such as the Brown Argus and Chalkhill Blue

The sheep have grazed the first section so well that they have been moved on to the next section of the site, protected by an electric fencing erected by the council rangers. It is hoped that the site will soon have permanent fencing with access gates and that the sheep will be regular visitors.

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