West Park Local Nature Reserve – Where sheep may safely graze

This week sheep have returned to the West Park Local Nature Reserve in Uckfield.

The 30 sheep will be contained within areas protected by electric fencing. However, local residents and dog walkers will be able to use other areas of the nature reserve as usual and access will be maintained around the electric fencing.

There are significant benefits brought by the grazing sheep including maintaining the natural habitat, grazing out the more dominant plants including bracken and, as a consequence, encouraging more wild flowers.

Geoff Pollard, the Town Council’s Ranger, said: “Without the sheep grazing the area each year we would face a much bigger challenge to keep the West Park Local Nature Reserve in good condition for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.”

To find out more about the sheep, where they are and how long they will be there visit http://www.uckfieldtc.gov.uk/Sheep-Grazing.aspx

Images Mike Skinner