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Mersey Gateway waves goodbye to saltmarsh cows

October 8, 2014MerseylinkNews

The Mersey Gateway has waved goodbye to three English Longhorn cows who are to be rehomed for the winter.

The English Longhorn cows which were grazing  on an area of saltmarsh in the Mersey Estuary

The English Longhorn cows which were grazing on an area of saltmarsh in the Mersey Estuary

As you may have already know, the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust had initiated a research project which ran from 2010 – 2013 which looked at the environmental and cultural benefits of saltmarsh grazing. Early this year, three English Longhorn cows were brought to the Project to graze on an area of saltmarsh alongside the Upper Mersey Estuary.

The three English Longhorn cows have been returned to a South Cheshire farm, via the construction site on Spike Island, to spend the winter months with the rest of the herd.

Cattle grazing is a trial project, part of the long term management plan for adding nature value to the estuary once the bridge is completed. The cows have been on the saltmarsh for 6 months and the impact of their grazing has led to the creation of ideal conditions for different bird species such as redshank, lapwing, snipe and little egret.

Their journey along the towpath and through the construction site was also accompanied by three grey herons and a kingfisher!

Find out more information about the work of the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust.

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