Says Adrienne Yentis
A friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more
Fenceless grazing schemes
Injured rider ‘lucky to be alive’ after being charged by
a herd of longhorn cattle cattle on a public bridleway
Avril Sleeman, BHS CABO, Surrey writes to Bob Milton
"I was incredibly impressed by the fenceless grazing scheme."
Says Avril Sleeman
As a member of the Corporation of London Coulsdon Commons Consultative Committee, representing the BHS, I attended a recent site visit to Burnham Beeches. I was incredibly impressed by the fenceless grazing scheme.
It works and I think that, when conservation grazing schemes are deemed desirable, managers should always employ this as the “fencing” scheme of choice since it allows for a landscape which is unenclosed and access for all users which is non restrictive.
This is particularly necessary for riders (for whom gates are virtually always a hindrance to access) and the disabled, who often have difficulty negotiating any form of gate with mobility vehicles.