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Saturday, 01 July 2017

Tidings of Tussac Grass: Falkland Islands - Page 3

Written by Matthew Hay
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Once this grass reaches maturity, its native hardiness allows it to grow right through the winter and, if managed sustainably, this can be an excellent source of fodder for grazing livestock, enabling even cattle to thrive during the Falklands’ colder months.

Such farming may not generate an enormous profit, but it secures its future existence as well as enhancing the land it relies on. The restored grass supports cows, sequesters carbon, generates soil and houses wildlife. It complements 21st century values and empowers landowners with responsibility and stewardship for the timeless assets in their possession.

Cape Dolphin farm, situated on the northern tip of East Falkland, is an example of this new, regenerative agriculture. Its man-made tussac plantations complement the fragments of existing grass to help support one of the islands’ few herds of cattle.

The plantations also shelter several colonies of southern sea lions, which travel surprisingly far from the coast to shelter from the elements among the dense stands. It was at one of these colonies that I was currently gazing, bewitched and delighted by one of the most memorable wildlife encounters of my life.

In amongst the tussac on Cape Dolphin

©Matthew Hay

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