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Grazing by a mixed herd of sheep and goats

Grazing by farm animals, including sheep and goats, was a traditional use of the landscape for centuries until the middle of the last century. Although later it practically disappeared, valuable sites formed by grazing have survived to the present day, such as various commons, drovers' roads, and other areas whose name suggests grazing in the past. The project site management envisages the restoration of traditional grazing carried out in the most traditional way. From a natural scientist's point of view, the most suitable is free grazing by herds controlled by a shepherd and a dog. This way of grazing leads to continuous influence on the grassland - parts of grazed land and parts that are still waiting for grazing form smooth transitions. Ideally, the animals are kept on the site for a very long time - throughout the growing season if the food supply permits. As this method of grazing is demanding from the organizational as well as personnel point of view, it is also possible to use a simpler alternative - grazing in small temporarily-fenced areas which are often shifted (practically every day of the grazing season). The habitat mosaic that is formed in this way is not as continuous as in the case of free grazing, but is relatively small-scale due to the size of the pens.

 

This type of management is used at Načeratický kopec and Blšanský chlum project sites.

 


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Pastva ovcí a koz