Plan for more grazing cattle on common wins support

March 16, 2010 12:19 PM
coldhams common

Cattle grazing on Coldhams Common

A plan to bring grazing cattle back to the eastern end of Coldhams Common and provide new entrances and site information has won the backing of Cambridge City Councillors.

The scheme, supported by residents during a public consultation last summer, is designed to bring improvements for people using the common and benefits for wildlife.

The common has been designated a Local Nature Reserve; but the area next to the Barnwell Local Nature Reserves and Coldhams Brook, despite having valuable grassland and scrub, is no longer used for grazing.

It is hoped the project will bring back cattle to the area and make it possible for animals to be moved across the common without the need to transport them by road.

The work will link the site with Cherry Hinton Brook and the wider countryside and site information will explain the importance of the habitats and the the wildlife that can be seen.

Campers use the common in July when taking part in the Cherry Hinton Festival and the site management plan will ensure that the grassland is cut for hay before the event and then grazed through the autumn.

Cambridge City Councillor, Susannah Kerr said: "It is hoped this project will bring great benefits for wildlife and make more of the common accessible to visitors."

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