A new fence has been built to extend the pasture to ensure the reserve’s cows are safely doing their job, grazing the grass.
Reserve Officer Lorna Bennett said: “We aim to enhance the botanical value of this grassland and its value for butterflies, bees and other invertebrates.
“This will involve selective grazing with our longhorn cattle, instead of mowing in late-autumn and winter months. We will then seed it with wildflowers from our species-rich meadows on the reserve.
“This is agricultural pasture from the original Higher Brockholes Farm. It was traditionally grazed by cows and, from old maps and photos, we can see that this land is ridge and furrow, which is an archaeological pattern of ridges and troughs created by a system of ploughing used in Europe during the Middle Ages.