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UK: Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

Six rare breed sheep have been chauffeured in for a daily shift of munching.

Woolly visitors part of a conservation effort aimed at increasing biodiversity in London’s Green Park

By Margaret Evans
CBC News
Aug 25, 2017

Excerpt:

There’ve been some unusual visitors to the royal postal code in London over the past week — a crack team of modern choppers brought in to help trim some troublesome patches of meadow in Green Park, just opposite Buckingham Palace.

“These are London sheep, these are,” Davis says. “Born and bred in the East End.” Davis said he’s proud to be re-introducing agriculture to the city.

His dog Mavis is more pet than sheep-herding dog but a constant companion.

It’s part of a conservation trial in the Royal Parks that is supported by Prince Charles. “Mission: Invertebrate” is aimed at increasing the biodiversity in the 40-acre park’s wildflower fields, which will in turn encourage more pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Experts say the sheep will eat the more dominant plants and so leave space for weaker plants to grow, leading to a greater variety of vegetation. The sheeps’ movement also helps spread and pack down seeds.

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