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A herd of cattle grazes meadows on Worcester estate
A cow
The cattle will graze on the meadows for six months

A herd of hand-reared cows is being used as part of a conservation project on a Worcester housing estate.

The 20 cattle will be allowed to roam on the Ronkswood Hill Meadows, to help preserve grasslands and wild flowers.

The city council say the cattle are a natural and cost-effective way to manage the grass.

Warning signs are being put up by the city council to alert walkers and dog owners of the need to to take extra care around the cattle.

Wildflowers

The meadows are home to a wide range of wildflowers, including black knapweed, cowslips and birdsfoot trefoil.

If grass grows too high, these flowers will not flourish, and the cattle will keep the grass short, and also encourage butterflies and improve the soil.

Warwick Neale, Parks Green Network Officer at Worcester City Council, said: "This is the eighth year in succession we have brought cattle to this inner city site.

"We introduce the cattle for around six months in a bid to regain some of the traditional benefits of natural stewardship."




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