Graze or cut hay

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wetlands -

Once es­tab­lished, grass­lands are cut for hay or grazed to re­move ex­cess agri­cul­tural nu­tri­ents and to cre­ate space for wild­flow­ers. Tus­socky sheep pas­ture is ideal habi­tat for field voles and shrews – prey for owls and kestrels – and pro­vides nest sites for corn buntings, sky­larks and meadow pip­its. Wet­ter mead­ows grazed by cat­tle can be rich in in­ver­te­brates, and suit breed­ing lap­wings and snipe.

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