The Land Management Team at Sussex Wildlife Trust has been pleased to welcome a number of new faces in recent months, some more furry than others! New Grazing Manager Tom Parry brings Border Collie Reg to work with him each day as the young dog starts his training to become a fully-fledged sheepdog working with the Trust’s flock of 500 Herdwick and Hebridean sheep.
Tom came to the Trust from the South Downs National Park Authority. His work with us involves management of the Trust’s livestock, including sheep and cattle. Careful conservation grazing on our reserves is what helps wildlife to thrive, using hardy, native breeds of sheep and cattle help create specialised habitat for butterflies and other insects.
Tom says 'It’s great to be able to combine my love of working with livestock with my love of ecology and conservation. To do it in the varied landscape we're lucky enough to have across Sussex makes it all the better. Although I don’t think he has earned the title of “sheep dog” just yet, Reg is definitely showing promise and is well on the way to making a decent, working sheep dog.'
For more information about how Sussex Wildlife Trust’s grazing policy protects wildlife, see here: sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/grazing