Surrey Wildlife Trust’s grazing project has seen fantastic results; scrub has been devoured and beautiful mosaics of vegetation created. Species have appeared which have not been recorded on sites before, such as the yellow hairy dung fly, plus numbers of some threatened species have increased. The best example is Surrey’s sole colony of Bog Hair Grass, which was down to just a few plants in 2005 but increased to more than 30 plants following a couple of years’ grazing.
GPS tracking collars are used on the Trust’s cattle. These are carried by the lead animals and allow the Trust to monitor the herd’s use of an area to determine the patches in which they spend most of their time. These areas are then targeted for species surveys and vegetation monitoring.