conservation grazing

Grazing and browsing by livestock that benefits wildlife, landscape or cultural heritage, typically on large areas and using hardy breeds that require little management. Grazing maintains many semi-natural habitats, particularly herb-rich grasslands, and (with browsing) slows or stops the succession of heath, wood pasture and scrub to woodland. It is also used to restore semi-natural habitats from former agricultural land.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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