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Rare breed sheep in The Green Park

  • Event details

  • Monday 21st Aug 2017 - Sunday 27th Aug 2017

    Green Park

From Monday 21 to Sunday 27 August, The Green Park welcomes a herd of woolly visitors and their shepherd for a wildlife conservation trial that sees us team up with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and Mudchute Farm.

Rare breed sheep will graze the wildflower meadow in the middle of the park to help the invertebrate community thrive and prevent the sheep from becoming extinct.

Closer to the countryside

The return of sheep is an opportunity to bring Londoner’s and visitors closer to the countryside. Please take some time to visit the rare breeds and enjoy their presence.

Sheep haven’t been seen in The Green Park since the 1930s, when they were routinely used in London parks to keep the grass under control and shepherds would bid for the rights to graze.

Conservation

It’s now recognised that livestock grazing has an important role in wildlife conservation, and is carried out to manage and improve habitats of high nature conservation value.

This trial aims to help maintain a variety of plant species and prevent coarse grasses dominating the meadow in The Green Park, which will ultimately encourage a greater variety of pollinators and other meadow-based invertebrates.

Mission: Invertebrate

The trial is part of our Mission: Invertebrate project, which has received £600,000 from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery to shine a spotlight on the capital’s vital grassland creatures.

During the grazing period please keep dogs on leads in the area.

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