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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.

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