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Conservation Grazing at West Raynham Church Ruins

Throughout Autumn a flock of Shetland Sheep from Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve will be grazing in the churchyard at West Raynham.

After a short journey from the Sculthorpe, the sheep were released onto the site on 23 September 2021. Local volunteers were invited to a training session from Katherine Hewkin, Trainee Assistant Warden at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, on caring for Sculthorpe's Shetland Sheep, key information of conservation grazing, and a meet and greet of the herd. 

The aim of grazing this flock at West Raynham is to create a natural grassland habitat around the church ruins which will encourage the growth of wildflowers. The result of this will be an increase in insects and other wildlife in the area. This project continues Sculthorpe's work in conservation grazing.

Find out more about Sculthorpe's conservation grazing project:

- Baling Sculthorpe's meadowland for biodiversity:
A video explaining how baling is a crucial method used at Sculthorpe for encouraging a diverse landscape.

- Our Shetland Cows are expecting: 
We have 6 resident Shetland Cattle heifers at our Sculthorpe Moor reserve that do a wonderful job of grazing our wildflower meadows and grassland. These heifers are due in December/January of 2021/22 

- National Meadows Day:
Nigel Middleton discusses Sculthorpe's wildflower meadow and what makes it special


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