Richard’s interest in using Hebridean sheep and other rare breeds in the management of habitats for conservation led to his involvement in the Grazing Animals Project (GAP).

Hebridean sheep grazing a heathland restoration site, part of The Stiperstones SSSI, Shropshire.

GAP was formed in 1997 to promote conservation grazing; it is a partnership with representatives from nature conservation and agriculture. GAP helps land managers achieve appropriate grazing on wildlife conservation sites. GAP is now run by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (see also Rare Breeds page).

Shetland Cattle on Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Freshfield Dune Heath Nature Reserve.

Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

Freshfield Dune Heath

Richard was also a member of the Government’s advisory committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR) until 2018.

Farm Animals Genetic Resources Committee

The Stiperstones NNR