Conservation Grazing

Conservation grazing is livestock grazing that meets nature conservation objectives and includes everything from extensive, low-intervention grazing schemes meeting welfare needs of livestock while allowing natural processes to occur on improved grassland managed to optimise sward structure for invertebrates, small mammals and birds. Due to their typically hardy and thrifty nature, many of our rare and native breeds are the best animals for this job.
Why do it?
  • Grazing livestock and associated activities played a key role in the formation and maintenance of many semi-natural habitats including grassland, heathland and pasture-woodland.
  • Grazing livestock slows and alters the successional trajectory of these habitats towards increased woodland cover.
  • Can improve and increase biodiversity of important habitats.
Online Support 

Join the network of fellow conservation grazers and livestock keepers and join the discussion group called Nibblers:

  • Enables best practice and experience of conservation grazing to be shared over the internet.
  • Topics discussed are wide ranging
  • Everything from pigs to control bracken to optimal cattle grid design to latest advice on regulations.
  • Over 450 members

If you would like to join Nibblers please email

Training Courses

RBST host two Lantra accredited courses, Livestock Checkers and Conservation Grazing in Practice.

Both courses include a mix of outdoor practical sessions and indoor classroom work. 

Livestock Checkers is a one day course designed to provide basic training for volunteer stock checkers. 

Conservation Grazing in Practice is a two day course aimed at increasing awareness of the behaviour and husbandry of grazing animals in extensive/conservation grazing systems. The course covers everything from paperwork and legal requirements to a practical handling session. 

2017 Course Dates

October 4th and 5th have been confirmed as the dates for the Autumn Conservation Grazing in Practice training course to be held at Ebworth, in Gloucestershire. This is a popular course, so early booking is recommended.

Places are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis, to book your place download the booking form here and email it to Hannah Knowles, Cost for the two-day course is £310.00 plus VAT, which includes lunch on both days, but not overnight accommodation.


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