Tag Archives: Wyre Forest District Council Rangers

Too Wet or Too Dry?

I’m looking at Wilden Marsh hydrology in an attempt to achieve more effective control of the marsh water levels throughout the year. One of our aims is to attract breeding wading birds. Wading birds like muddy marginal areas around water bodies to feed in, and to … Continue reading

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Dining On Hay And A Mineral Lick

The cattle, having eaten most of the greenery on the marsh, are now dining on hay and a mineral Lick until enough new grass has grown to sustain them. Tulip, one of the three mothers I suspected of being low on … Continue reading

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A Selfie With Waynetta

The herd appeared to be back to normal this afternoon, following yesterday’s shenanigans. I’d like to think this image shows Waynetta apologising for yesterday’s madness, but it doesn’t! She is licking the wax from my cotton jacket with that sandpaper-like tongue of hers. I’m not at … Continue reading

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Demonic Cattle

The cattle were possessed by demons today. They danced, bucked, skipped, mooed, bellowed, fought each other, charged me en masse, ran in all directions like idiots, dug holes in the ground, and when not doing all this they were at … Continue reading

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Log Pile Habitats

Log pile habitats are essential to thousands of invertebrate species, fungi, lichen, birds and bats, not to mention all the other things that live, shelter and hide in, between and under the logs, such as: small land based mammals, molluscs, reptiles, frogs, toads, … Continue reading

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Ellen, Jess ‘n’ Beth

The Shetland calves are coming on really well. In bygone days, cattle on the Shetland Isles lived harsh lives. They ate well during the growing season and slowly starved outside of it. Nature being what it is ensured that weaklings … Continue reading

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Belted Galloway and Shetland Cattle Living On Wilden Marsh

The herd now grazing Wilden Marsh consists of two Belted Galloway (brother and sister, Wayne and Waynetta) and twelve Shetland cattle. Belted Galloway : When fully grown, rare breed Belted Gallaway cows weigh between 1000 and 1500 pounds and can live … Continue reading

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