Wild Land Management Services John Muir Trust
15. Minimise livestock impacts

Sheep and cattle can have a negative impact on habitats through grazing. During the winter, livestock can be concentrated on wet ground. This is when the risk to habitats and soils from heavy grazing and poaching is highest.

Maintaining livestock numbers at a level that the land can cope with during the winter is key to avoiding these negative impacts. Habitats can be protected by off-wintering stock.

Control grazing pressure from deer and livestock
Low impact management


  • Control stock numbers
  • Monitor incursions and liaise with neighbouring owners