Stockwatch

The Hills and Commons are grazed by livestock all year round.  This grazing helps maintain the open aspect, the wonderful views and the special wildlife habitats too.

Grazing is undertaken through MHT projects and also by local people who hold commoners rights.

As most of our land is Common Land, members of the public should therefore be ready to encounter livestock anywhere and at anytime.  Dogs must be kept under close control at all times.  If in doubt, put your dog on a lead.


Livestock within temporary electric-fenced enclosures can be found in the following locations:

Northern Hills

Cattle and sheep off the Hills.  

Central Hills

Cattle on East Pinnacle Hill.  Sheep on Berrington Quarry moving to East Pinnacle Hill.

Southern Hills

Sheep on Swinyard Hill and British Camp.  

Old Hills

Cattle no longer on the Old Hills.

Map of grazing compartments (PDF)

Livestock may be found throughout Castlemorton and Hollybed Commons at all times.

You can sign up to receive weekly updates to your email inbox here.  Stockwatch is also published in the Malvern Gazette every Friday.


Grazing returns to Old Hills

A small herd of Highland Cattle have returned to graze the Old Hills, Callow End.

The grazing is part of the Malvern Hills Trust’s work to conserve the open grassland and flower-rich meadow habitats of this area of common land.  Temporary electric-fenced compartments will be in place to concentrate the cattle grazing on specific areas for the next 2 to 3 months. 

Signage has been put up at the Old Hills to alert visitors to the presence of livestock and remind dog owners to put their dogs on a lead to keep the cattle safe.

Find out more


The Malvern Hills and Commons are registered Common Land. This means certain local people have legal rights to put livestock onto the land to graze without notice. Members of the public should therefore be ready to encounter livestock anywhere and at anytime.

Find out more about Common Land - Foundation for Common Land 

Each and every year, we receive reports from the public and from the graziers that sheep and cattle have been chased and attacked by dogs.  Livestock worrying is a criminal offence. To report livestock worrying by dogs, which includes chasing, on the Hills or Commons call the Police on 101.  Please also call the office on 01684 892002 so we can alert the grazier to attend.  The faster the animal can receive emergency veterinary treatment the better its chances of recovery.