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EARLIER THIS month, cattle joined rare-breed sheep grazing in the shadow of Buckingham Palace as part of a conservation trial to help wildlife thrive in The Green Park. Dexter cattle, along with Oxford Down, Southdown, Whitefaced Woodland and Black Wensleydale sheep were selected for the trial, an initiative by The Royal Parks in conjunction with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and Mudchute Park and Farm.
Mudchute farm manager Tom Davis is pictured with one of his Dexter cows.
The animals spent their time grazing one of the park’s wildflower meadows to help a greater range of flowers and grasses to grow, to the benefit of pollinating insects, including bees, butterflies and hoverflies. It is hoped that farm animals browsing the parks of central London could once again become a regular sight.