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Meet Dave the calf!

Friday 27th January 2017

Dave the calf, Jonathan PrestonDave the calf, Jonathan Preston

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has a new member in the family - Dave the calf!

This morning at our Woodside Farm nature reserve, we welcomed a new calf into the world - Dave! He was named after Dave Savage, our DerwentWISE Natural Heritage Officer, as his DerwentWISE project initially bought the cow.

Some of our sheep gave him a warm, but inquisitive, welcome...

 

 

At Woodside Farm, our cattle are very important for conservation -they graze rough grassland which is prime habitat for ground-nesting birds such as skylark. Their grazing style creates a tussocky patchwork of grass which is ideal for all sorts of invertebrates and insects. As they roam the site, the cattle keep the less desirable plants in check whilst allowing seeds of preferable plants and grass to germinate in their hoof indentations. 

We hope to have more additions like Dave to the family!You can learn more about what we do at Woodside Farm on our website here