Vital role of grazing cattle explained at Medmerry

The Walks and Talks Day was well attended, giving people the chance to tour Medmerry Marshes
The Walks and Talks Day was well attended, giving people the chance to tour Medmerry Marshes

THE benefits of the Medmerry managed re-alignment project were explained on a free Walks and Talks day.

Three Harbours Beef organised the event with the help of the RSPB and Chichester Harbour Conservancy.

It proved successful and was well attended, with four groups touring the coastal grazing marshes of Medmerry Marshes in Earnley.

The groups were given a tour of the project and were told the benefits it offers, such as flood defence and the wide range of wildlife being encouraged, including lapwing, water vole, brown hare and avocet.

The event also demonstrated the importance of the cattle grazing and how vital they are to managing grass height levels, allowing wildlife to thrive.

James Parkin, farming and wildlife officer from Chichester Harbour Conservancy, said: “It was a pleasure to support Three Harbours Beef during the Walks and Talks event at Medmerry Marshes.

“The continuation of low intensity grazing on the coastal grazing marshes is key for maintaining the rich wildlife interest which is present on them.”

Three Harbours works with a network of local farmers and aims to ensure the viability of important grazing marshes by marketing high-quality beef.

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