Eycott Hill Project
The Eycott Hill project is a partnership between Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Newton Rigg College, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the delivery of the project over five years.
The main aims are to establish a herd of native suckler cows and to monitor and review the impact of the grazing regime and other conservation matters, including recording the growth rate and general physical condition of the herd and to provide an annual written report to the Cumbria Wildlife Trust detailing the number of cows and progeny, weaning weights growth rates and any health issues.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust will monitor the ecological outcomes of the site management and share this information with the National Centre for the Uplands, Newton Rigg and wider interested audiences.
This programme will be a great addition to the resources on offer at the college for students. By integrating the work at Eycott Hill into the curriculum and using the site for teaching this aspect of uplands land management, the students will investigate conservation grazing techniques.