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Hill and marginal grazings
Clearance for livestock
Sheep, shelters etc
main image Bracken-infested hill pasture, Lowther Hills, Lanarkshire
The spread of bracken – a variety of fern – is a serious problem, particularly on hill grazings. Grazing livestock ignore it and although cattle trample some of it sheep have virtually no impact.

Various efforts have been made to eradicate it, including cutting and crushing with a heavy, rectangular iron roller, but with little effect.

In former times, more cattle were kept in the Highlands and bracken was cut to serve as animal bedding or thatch, thus helping to keep it under control.

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