• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Cattle used to fight against forest fires

A HERD of Luing cattle are being used to help speed up regeneration of important woodland and aid fire prevention at the same time.

The animals have been given access to part of the Woodland Trust's Glen Finglas estate in the Trossachs for the first time since it was planted 15 years ago.

They cause minimal damage to the young trees and their hooves are perfect for breaking up ground, allowing seeds to take root. They help maintain healthy ground flora by grazing on coarse grasses and trampling bracken to keep them in check. This can help to reduce the risk of grass fires.

Loading article content

Phil Gordon, estate manager at Glen Finglas Estate, said: "As long as a healthy balance is maintained, grazing and expanding native woodland can run hand-in-hand. Trees provide shelter and shade for the livestock, and cattle are naturally designed to keep other vegetation down and break up the ground.

"The ancient upland wood pasture at Glen Finglas is recognised as one of the best examples in the in the UK. We're now working to create the wood pasture of the future, and allowing cattle in to graze the woodland is a key part of this process."

Glen Finglas forms part of The Great Trossachs Forest, a restoration project covering 61 square miles.

Contextual targeting label: 
Agriculture

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

252642