Eycott Hill Nature Reserve cattle checkers

Location:

Belted Galloway cattle at Eycott Hill 

We are looking for volunteers who would enjoy visiting the reserve on a regular basis to check on the cattle that graze our reserve. Full training with a LANTRA accredited course or similar will be provided.

Position details

Frequency

Fortnightly

More information

Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is grazed by a hardy native breed of cattle. This conservation grazing is helping to improve habitat on the nature reserve. The project also aims to demonstrate the viability of a different model of hill farming that will produce a top quality meat product, as well as many positive environmental outcomes.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust, in partnership with our graziers, is looking for people who would enjoy visiting the nature reserve on a regular basis to check on the cattle, monitor their condition, check on their behaviour towards people, and help to provide information to visitors. This is a great opportunity for people to learn more about conservation grazing and become involved in an exciting conservation project.

Volunteers should be happy to work outdoors, sometimes in poor weather. At times you will need to walk some distance over uneven rough ground, so a reasonable level of fitness is needed. Full training with a LANTRA accredited course or similar will be provided.

Commitment can be quite flexible. Once trained, you will join our team of cattle checkers who work on a rota basis with each person visiting the reserve between one to four times a month. 

If you are interested in this role please contact  reserve warden Imogen Rutter imogenr@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk