Nature care with shepherding
A large part of the nature care is in a very fixed framework and is administered by Læsø Municipality, the Danish Nature Agency and Læsø Natura 2000 Landowners' Association. A small part of the nature care is done grazing with sheep, while cattle and horses take a somewhat larger mouthful. In addition, burning and mechanical treatment are used.
Nature care with sheep, shepherd dog and wandering shepherd, as it is called, has been used for millennia. The sheep grazed certain areas, gave milk, meat, wool and skins to the people and manure to the fields. The method of a shepherd tending the sheep is suitable for unfenced areas. On Læsø, large areas along the coasts are not suitable for fencing, partly because it makes access to the areas more difficult. In the same areas there are large occurrences of unwanted, invasive species and here shepherding really comes into its own.
The shepherd and the shepherd dog can direct the sheep to the areas that are to be grazed and at the same time spare other areas