Sep 04 2021

News from Horsell Common

Photograph of some of the gorgeous sheet grazing the wetlands
Ten badger-faced ‘Torddu’ Welsh Mountain sheep are grazing the wetlands at Heather Farm! Now an annual fixture, these hardy sheep keep the grass short and help to suppress willow by nibbling away at new shoots.

Photograph of stock fence at Horsell Birch
Once the stock fence at Horsell Birch is complete and confirmed livestock-proof, our tenant farmer’s Belted Galloway cattle will move in, helping to improve the condition of a compartment already containing promising patches of heather (below).

Photograph of heather in bloom

If you go for a stroll across Heather Farm meadows, you’ll notice they’ve now been cut. The material taken off the meadows will go to feed livestock owned by the same farmer that grazes his Belted Galloway on our heathlands.
A big thank you to Michael Jones, Thames Basin Heaths Partnership’s Education Officer, who recently ran four fantastic nightjar walks on Horsell Common – although quite late in the season, both walks were a resounding success, with a full display of calling, wing-clapping and churring. Enjoyed by all!

Photograph of Belted Galloway calf

Horsell Common Preservation Society


Subscribe and we'll email you occasional updates to our very best content...