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Rare breed sheep to be grazed in London

Rare breed sheep are grazing in central London as part of a conservation trial. It is taking place in Green Park for a week and the scheme is part of The Royal Parks Mission: Invertebrate project which has received £600,000 from the People's Postcode Lottery to support the capital's grassland creatures.

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Rare breeds of sheep grazing in the park include OxfordDowns, Whitefaced Woodlands, Southdown's and Manx Loaghtan.

Unlike modern commercial breeds of sheep which rely on supplementary feeding by farmers, the rare breed sheep thrive on a variety of different plants, eating the tougher grass and trampling in the seeds from the wildflowers in the meadow.

"By increasing the biodiversity of the park grasslands, we hope to encourage the invertebrates that inhabit meadow grasslands to flourish, and it will help plan how we manage the parks in the future."

– DR ALICE LAUGHTON, Project Leader