Legacy Grazing

Legacy Grazing provides heritage grazing to many of the region's finest wildlife sites. Using our herd of native breed Red Poll cattle and Old English goats, we deliver bespoke conservation grazing to managers of nature reserves and open spaces including Essex County Council, Basildon Borough Council, Chelmsford City Council, Colchester Borough Council, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Essex & Suffolk Water, Essex Wildlife Trust, Lea Valley Regional Park and Natural England.

Part of Essex County Council's Place Services, we work with a network of volunteer 'Cattle Lookers' to achieve the highest standards of grassland management and animal welfare. We also run an apprenticeship programme helping to train a new generation of conservation graziers.

The People

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Luke Bristow

Luke Bristow

Project Manager

Roger Beecroft

Roger Beecroft

Livestock Manager

The Livestock

Red Polls are a traditional breed native to East Anglia. They are ideally suited to grazing sites that are important for wildlife and open to the public. They are lighter than most commercial continental breeds, will happily forage on semi-natural vegetation and have a docile temperament. Read more about the breed at the Red Poll Society website... 

Old English goats are a rare feral breed from the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland and are thought to be one of the best examples of this primitive type of goat which was brought to Britain in Neolithic times. They are highly effective at controlling woody vegetation typically browsing on scrub for 50-75% of their feeding time – much more than most other large herbivores. Read more about Old English goats on the Natural History Society of Northumbria's website...

The Objectives

  • To conserve scarce wildlife and landscapes to help local authorities and other organisations demonstrate a positive commitment to England's Biodiversity Strategy
  • To explain & promote the role played by grazing animals in shaping the natural and historic environment
  • To promote animal husbandry skills among younger generations through the apprenticeship programme
  • To provide volunteering opportunities to local communities
  • To achieve the highest standards of animal welfare

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Conservation Grazing

Cow in rose scrub

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