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Re: Cattle at Hayden Hill/ Attenborough Fields arriving this week in top field near greenway
Dear Local Resident,
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves as the new graziers of Attenborough Fields.
We have been farming at Watergate Farm, near Leighton Buzzard for nearly 100 years, and had Red Poll cattle for 11. We have extensive experience of managing them to perform conservation grazing, and do this across a number of sites for the Wildlife Trust as well as the Greensand Trust.
The cattle themselves are perfect for performing this role, as they are very docile around people using public footpaths. They are a traditional native breed that are central to the pastoral heritage of East Anglia, as well as being hardy and of a modest size. By grazing rough pasture, they help to allow a wide variety of wild flowers and other species to flourish, as well as creating an effective carbon sink. The cattle have been very successful at several agricultural shows that we exhibit at, and we have found that local residents become very fond of seeing them on their regular walks around the sites.
The cattle are used to dogs but please keep them under control for the welfare of both the dogs and cattle.We will place laminated signs on each kissing gate informing walkers that cattle are on the site.
If you have any questions or queries about the cattle or site then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Sally, David, John & Anna Hunt
07801 065901 / 07932 683973