Grazers return to Barnham Cross Common

A Dexter-Galloway cross cow
A Dexter-Galloway cross cow
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For the first time in 40 years, sheep and cattle have returned to graze on Barnham Cross Common.

A herd of Dexter-Galloway cross cattle arrived last week, followed this week by a flock of native breed Beulah sheep.

herd of Dexter-Galloway cross cattle

herd of Dexter-Galloway cross cattle

It is hoped their reintroduction will play an important part in creating the conditions needed to allow wildlife and plants that are native to the common to thrive.

Historically, Barnham Common was a habitat for 13 rare plants, including the critically-endangered Tower Mustard, and Thetford Town Council, working with Natural England, hopes this conservation project will allow them to flourish once more.