Con­ser­va­tion brows­ing

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Their diet, fond­ness for scrubby veg­e­ta­tion, and low main­te­nance re­quire­ments make Bagots a po­ten­tially very use­ful an­i­mal for con­ser­va­tion brows­ing, a value that is slowly be­ing recog­nised and utilised. They will ef­fec­tively con­trol thorny scrub, bram­bles, young hazel and ivy, and eat un­wanted tree saplings. The RSPB has used Bagots to erad­i­cate bram­bles and other in­va­sive plants on a na­ture re­serve in Wales, while North Nor­folk District Coun­cil has used a herd of Bagot bil­lies to man­age clifftop scrub at Cromer. The Rare Breeds Sur­vival Trust uses Bagots at Shug­bor­ough Park Farm, Stafford­shire, to help re­store frag­ile habi­tat in a his­tor­i­cally-sig­nif­i­cant walled gar­den.

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