App-controlled cows help protect dunes 「遙控牛」 保護沙丘生態平衡



App-controlled cows help protect dunes 「遙控牛」 保護沙丘生態平衡


有關 「cow(牛)」 的詞彙


What happens to the cows if they ignore the audible warning?


These Lincoln Red cattle are highly efficient grazers – devouring grasses, shrubs and bushes with unrivalled enthusiasm.


The collars they are wearing allow for the remote control of where they graze.


Owen Beaumont, Natural England
On the map here, we’ve got a satellite map and we can see the pasture that we’ve drawn on, so that…

歐文‧博蒙特       英格蘭自然署(Natural England)

And, like so many things nowadays, there’s an app to help with the job.


Owen Beaumont, Natural England
When they get to the boundary, they get this audible warning – so they kind of know to walk back into the main herd. If they do carry on through those audible warnings, they’ll get a really small pulse – just a fraction of what an electric fence would be.

歐文‧博蒙特       英格蘭自然署(Natural England)

This nature reserve is dominated by its dunes – the flower and insect life here is unique but it’s also under threat. The cattle have a key role to play in removing unwanted vegetation.


These dunes need to be grazed if they are to survive. And, of course, conservationists could just put fences everywhere to direct the cattle. But that doesn’t give them the precision and control of a GPS collar.


And what about those who will have concerns about using this electric pulse on cattle?


Owen Beaumont, Natural England
Cattle have been checked out by vets, so we had a vet there when we fitted the collars, and they’ve been studied elsewhere as well, and found to have no impact really on the cows.

歐文‧博蒙特       英格蘭自然署(Natural England)

The technology is on trial here – a first for a UK nature reserve – and if successful, we’ll be seeing many more 『remote control cattle’ playing a key role in conservation.

該技術正在這裡試行,這是英國自然保護區的首次試驗,如果成功,我們將看到更多的 「遙控牛」 在保護生態環境方面發揮關鍵作用。


cattle (家養的)牛

grazer 吃草的動物

pasture 牧場,牧草地

herd (動物)群

vets 獸醫


They get a small electric pulse from their collar.