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Grazing News

There will be a change in grazier on the Commons this year.  A new grazier has been found who has years of experience with conservation grazing at various sites with organisations such as Natural England and the National Trust and who lives close to the commons.

Nicholas Harvey of Wivelsden Farm, North Common Road will be providing up to 20 cows with older calves to graze the commons this and next summer.  Nick grazes with Angus x Friesian crosses that are 2-3 years old. Both cows and calves are bucket reared and very used to people.  Nick grazes 2,000 acres of open access land and has done this safely for around 10 years without any incidents, so we are assured that Nick’s operation will fit well with the nature of the commons.

The coming grazing season will see slightly more animals than recent years in response to a request from Natural England to increase the grazing intensity with the intention to improve the condition of the commons. From June to November this year we aim to have about 10 cows on the Combined Commons and from August to December about 8 cows on Red House Common. We will graze about four cows in Lane End Common in June or July.  Sadly we are not able to source any Exmoor Ponies at present.

 We’d like to thank Kevin and Carole Uridge for their work grazing the common over the past years. 

Andy Mitchell
Countryside Officer
Rights of Way and Countryside
East Sussex County Council
Email -

01273 482670

 Update as cattle grazing 10th July 2020

Grazing will be starting again on Red House Common over the weekend of 12th July 2020 until near the end of 2020.  Signs will be posted around the commons. 

Please keep dogs under control so they don’t chase or worry the cattle. 

And a reminder that if there are issues with livestock please contact the farmer Nick Harvey on 07710 031820.  Problems with gates, fences or cattle grids please contact me. 

Other issues eg fly tipping, dog nuisance, car parks or bins please contact Lewes District Council here:

 Many thanks

 Andy Mitchell

Countryside Officer

Rights of Way & Countryside

T 01273 482670 (Mon-Fri only)


There will be cattle grazing on this common for the next few weeks.

Any problems contact Nick Harvey as above.