I had the pleasure of working the late shift on the gate at Hatfield Forest today, enjoying the early evening sunshine. I also enjoyed a visit from the Red Poll cattle, who ambled towards me during their evening constitutional. Normally the kiosk is shut before they arrive, so they were very curious to find me there. I grabbed a few photos as they drank the water from the bowls intended for dogs and tried their best to nibble some of the National Trust leaflets.
I was marvelling at their inquisitiveness when four of the youngsters decided to hop across the corner of the cattle grid – a device meant to keep them inside the Forest! Evidently they’d decided the greenery looked tastier out there. After a minute or so, the rest of the herd cleared from in front of the gate, so I radioed the rangers for assistance and headed into the car park to try and round them up. I’d left my camera in the kiosk, but managed to catch a photo of one of the young offenders on my phone. Who’d have thought cattle could rival Harry Houdini with their escape artist skills?!
21 June 2019