A research project is under way to monitor the impacts of different grazing regimes in The Great Trossachs Forest.
Cattle graze the land, and in doing so help to reduce the spread of bracken, tread tree seeds into the ground and naturally fertilise the soil! Whilst grazing needs to be controlled in new woodland to allow young trees to grow, in existing and mature woodland grazing can be beneficial and can ensure the long term sustainability of the forest.
At Glen Finglas Luing cattle are helping create wood pasture which is optimal for biodiversity. This is one of the finest examples of this rare habitat remaining in the UK.
A mix of long horn and Highland cattle are grazing at Inversnaid and at Loch Katrine, to help create habitat suitable for black grouse and other species.
Forestry Commission Scotland employ a dedicated stockmen to manage their herd, Woodland Trust Scotland and RSPB Scotland have contract farmers helping to manage the land.