Stocksmoor1.50 p.m., looking east, cold wind from southwest, 40ºF, 5ºC: From medieval times, villagers had the right to graze their animals on Stocksmoor Common but, since grazing ceased there, silver birch and other trees have spread. In order to preserve the now rare habitat of unploughed, unimproved acid grassland, the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Trust has in recent years started grazing sheep and cattle on the reserve.

white cattleAs I finish my drawing, two of the White Park cattle come down to drink at the pond.

Link: Stocksmoor Common Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

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