Fenceless grazing collars increase water quality and mitigate flood risk

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The Naturesave Trust approved a grant application for 15 fenceless GPS grazing collars as part of Devon Wildlife Trust’s Northern Devon Natural Solutions (NDNS) project.

The cattle collars, part funded by the Environment Agency, have been an excellent addition to what NDNS can offer landowners to help protect and improve local habitats. The collars are currently with the first landowner to reap the benefits of their cattle being trained during an incredibly wet and difficult winter. In these conditions, it is highly likely that the loan period will be extended from three to six months. The landowners are already interested in buying them, which is testament to their effectiveness so far.

“Just letting you know that we are having a great time with the collars. The weather has been terminal and I am not really sure how we are managing to keep animals out, but somehow our land is coping. Five years of restoration seems to be working!!”

Through having access to these collars, working with NDNS, and following a management plan, the farmer has laid the groundwork for some hugely positive changes in grazing management that will increase water quality and biodiversity as well as slowing the flow and mitigating flood risk. A further update on habitat impacts will be provided by early autumn as it is too soon to gauge ecological changes.

Devon Wildlife Trust is a local charity dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places across Devon – on land and at sea. You can learn more about their work here.