Exposed Rock 2020-06-19T11:37:45+00:00

Exposed Rock

Overview

Areas of exposed rock (especially limestone) can be exceptionally rich in wildflowers and can also support many species of insects, birds and small mammals. This habitat can provide good nutritional grazing for livestock but intensive grazing can result in shorter swards and prevent many plants from flowering.

Creation

Fence off from livestock during the spring and summer months but allow light grazing in the autumn and winter period.

Management

This habitat is dependent on controlled grazing, with a suitable stocking rate, to prevent it from transitioning into scrub/woodland. The delicate ecology of this habitat is best maintained by keeping it free from slurry, fertilizer and pesticides.

Benefits

Exposed rock can be an important habitat for wildflowers and insects.

Further Information

Further information can be found on page 16 of our publication –  “The BRIDE Project EIP Farm Habitat Management Guidelines” – link HERE