First Female Wild Cattle Warden

First Female Wild Cattle Warden

In northern England there roams a herd of wild cattle that has existed for 700 years, and for the first time ever they’ll have a female warden looking after them.

The Chillingham wild cattle herd has been on the same fenced-in 300 acres since the King of England charged the family with fencing in a herd of red deer for hunting.  In doing so the Chillingham cattle were also captured and left to fend for themselves over the course of time. 

Now, the Chillingham Wild Cattle Association serves as the owners and custodian of the herd. They recently hired Ellie Crossley as warden. She’ll give tours to the approximately 5,000 visitors that come to the Northumberland estate to see the cattle and Chillingham Castle. 

​“They are amazing, and it is wonderful to see the new calves born, and take their place in the structure of the herd,” she says.

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