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“Minnie” the cow with unusual markings arrives at Welney Wetland Centre

PUBLISHED: 11:03 18 June 2015 | UPDATED: 14:16 18 June 2015

A calf with unusual markings has arrived on the reserve at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, earning her the nickname ‘Minnie’.

A calf with unusual markings has arrived on the reserve at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, earning her the nickname ‘Minnie’.

Bob Ellis/WWT

A calf with unusual markings has arrived on the reserve at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, earning her the nickname ‘Minnie’.

A calf with unusual markings has arrived on the reserve at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, earning her the nickname ‘Minnie’.A calf with unusual markings has arrived on the reserve at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, earning her the nickname ‘Minnie’.

Her distinctive white forehead would normally be unusual enough, but her black, mouse silhouette really makes her stand out from the herd.

‘Minnie’, her mother and the rest of their herd are grazing an area of wetland recreation at WWT Welney in West Norfolk over the summer months.

Reserve warden Louise Clewley said: “The cows do a fantastic job, creating a mosaic of grasses that provide the ideal habitat for a wide variety of birds.

“Species like the lapwing and the rare black-tailed godwit prefer short grass so that they can easily spot predators; whereas snipe and redshank rely on their camouflage and so prefer tussocks of longer grass.

“This year has been an awesome year for breeding birds on the reserve and the cattle are getting it in great shape’

“One of my favourite things is digging around in cow poo, the pats provide a great habitat for lots of amazing insects which become a food source for birds and bats’.

Visitors can watch the herds of cattle from the wetland centre and the hides out on the reserve.

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  • Dear oh dear another charity promotion story. When my dad was a boy carthorses were turned out on the wash for the summer until needed for harvest and there were always herds of cattle all over the Wash. as there are now on all the other parts of it as well as at the birders bit. Plus it was cut for hay in parts , plus someone went round and sorted out the criss crosses of drainage ditches and the scrub, plus the ministry in charge of rivers and sluices at the time managed to get them right so the wash did not stay under water half the spring. flooding out the nesting birds. If Norfolk readers had seen the money wasted, the machinery being used and the expense of reverting hard won best quality agricultural land back to wet fen so that there is somewhere for the birds displaced from Welney Wash to nest I think they would be shocked.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, June 19, 2015

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