Belfast Telegraph

Two cows in the meadow will help wildflowers bloom

By Linda Stewart

They've been gone for six years, but now the cows that keep the wildflowers of the Bog Meadow in west Belfast in pristine condition are back.

Cattle grazed the meadows up until the 1960s and more recently have been drafted in by Ulster Wildlife to help wildflowers and pollinating insects to thrive on the west Belfast nature reserve.

Thanks to new stock-proof fencing and improved access to fields, Ulster Wildlife has now been able to bring the cows back to graze following a six-year break, thanks to funding from the Alpha Programme which has launched a major enhancement project at the west Belfast green oasis.

This pair of cows - as yet to be named - are a cross between the Blue Grey and the Solaire. They are versatile and hardy grazers, well-suited to withstand the elements and to help benefit biodiversity at this urban oasis. The pair will be on site until the end of December, returning in the summer.

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