Committee chairman, Coun Nancy Maxwell said: "Although it is early days, it would appear that conservation grazing is helping to restore the species-rich grassland while also proving popular with visitors.
EXMOOR ponies are set to return to South Tyneside as the next phase of a trial conservation grazing scheme gets underway, a council committee will hear next week.
Northumberland County Council has revealed it had to euthanise 13 horses which it recently seized after they were found to be illegally grazing, due to the owner not coming forward to reclaim them and inability to find them new homes.
The authority has called on horse owners to ensure their animals are not illegally grazing, in order to prevent them having to be seized and in some cases destroyed.
Initial start-up costs are high but this will be quickly off-set by more grass - and better grass utilisation, according to Justin Rees of Kiwi Kit, a company specialising in hardware for grazing
increases pasture productivity while preventing soil compaction and overgrazing.
Furthermore, the effects of grazing
depend on the soil type (McSherry and Ritchie 2013) and nutrient uptake by plants (Ash and McIvor 1995).
But, by following well-managed rotational grazing
, the need can be massively reduced.
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of protected areas.
Conventional wisdom holds that grazing
would remove the nitrogen and carbon otherwise left on the soil in the cover crop plant residue.
Domestic livestock grazing
is naturally in tension with wilderness.
Understanding the impact of grazing
on different grassland communities has contributed to our knowledge of the dynamics of ecosystems under this selective pressure (Milchunas et al.