A herd of cattle has been released onto Ronkswood Hill Meadows, as part of an annual conservation exercise by Worcester City Council.
The 15 strong herds of hand-raised cattle at Hereford will have carte blanche at the local nature reserve site, to help preserve meadows and wildflowers.
Animals will be allowed to graze in the meadow for about six months and the council warns people to be extra careful and to keep dogs on a leash or under close control.
The initiative is designed to act as a natural, cost-effective way to keep the grass short enough to allow the region’s vast array of wildflowers to grow in sunlight and hopefully thrive.
Nick McGowan, conservation officer at Worcester City Council, said: “Cattle will graze on this site for about six months.
“Help manage grasslands and encourage wildflowers while protecting the reserve’s ridges and furrows landscape and anthill colonies. ”
The prairies are home to a wide range of wildflowers, including knapweed, cuckoo, and trefoil trefoil, but if the grass grows too tall, these flowers will not bloom.
Livestock will therefore play a central role in stimulating flora and fauna as well as producing other positive benefits such as increasing butterflies and improving the natural soil environment.
Worcester City Council will be putting up signs on Newtown Road and Tolladine Road warning walkers and dog owners to take extra care and keep dogs on a leash or under close control when livestock are nearby.
Mr McGowen added: “The sudden reappearance of cattle may surprise a few people, but the animals will be too busy brooding to notice passers-by.”