Best Practice in Conservation Grazing

Legacy Grazing aims to promote best-practice among site managers responsible for conserving the region's semi-natural grasslands and open habitats through grazing. On this page you can find links to key national and local resources that will help plan and implement successful heritage grazing projects.

The Project works closely with the Essex Biodiversity Project to help implement the Essex Biodiversity Action Plan, and we are always keen to collaborate with ecologists, students and natural historians who are interested in monitoring the effects of grazing on our natural fauna and flora. If you have a research idea or would like to survey one of the sites we graze please contact us by email.

Essex Grassland Biodiversity Action Plan

Guidance and Best-Practice


We are committed to monitoring the affect of our grazing on the natural environment. In addition to habitat condition monitoring we are conducting trials to: understand the effects of differing worming treatments on dung fauna; test the efficacy of various fly controls measures; measure the impact of trampling upon bracken - through the use of fixed-point photography; and quantify the impact of browsing by goats on bramble - using time-lapse photography.

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