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Cattle help keep history alive at Culloden

By Gregor White

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The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has hired a new conservation team to help preserve and maintain the moorland at Culloden.

The new team of Highland cattle come from a great conservation pedigree, and join 12 Shetland cattle, six goats and two Highland ponies who all take part in conservation grazing on the battlefield site, helping control the scrub and create a healthy moorland.

Some of the new cows and calves give a little nod to Culloden’s past, with Flora and Lady Anne named after strong Jacobite women who assisted Bonnie Prince Charlie during and in the wake of the doomed 1745 Rising.

Others have more quirky names – including new calf Rocket.

NTS recently launched its Step It Up For Culloden challenge, calling on members of the public to do 500,000 steps in six weeks to raise money for the Culloden Fighting Fund to be used for opposing any plans by developers it believes will be detrimental to the site.

To donate or see www.justgiving.com/campaign/cullodenfightingfund or to join in email ‘SIGN ME UP’ to CFFund@nts.org.uk for more details.

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