The Friston Forest Grazing Project is a pioneering approach to land management whereby a range of grazing animals and natural processes influence how the site will evolve.
The project started in 2008 with the introduction of a small herd of cattle to the northern end of Friston Forest. Like the rest of the forest, this area is commercial woodland criss-crossed by a network of forest tracks and patches of grassland. It also adjoins Lullington Heath National Nature Reserve , one of the most important wildlife sites in the country.
The grazing area sits within an important landscape of inter-connected woodland, flower-rich grassland plus the Cuckmere River, its estuary and the chalk cliffs at Seven Sisters. It is a striking landscape in the heart of the South Downs National Park.
The project covers 200 acres and is run by the Sussex Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Forestry Commission, Natural England, South East Water and the National Park Authority.
For more information on visiting Fristion Forest, please visit the Forestry Commission website.