Meet the curly cows keeping Heathrow wild

Close up of Belted Galloway cow
Here’s looking at moo: a young Belted Galloway. All images © Ecology & Habitat Management Ltd team at Heathrow

This handsome beast is one of the “Oreo cookie cows” helping nature to thrive in Heathrow’s little-known wildlife refuges.

The 12 stripy, curly-haired Belted Galloway cattle haven’t just been chosen for their distinctive looks, though. These cows are brilliant at maintaining wildlife habitats — and that’s all down to their eating habits.
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Stress-free ski: alternative resorts to get you off the beaten track

Seated couple in ski wear, alone, enjoying mountain viewWe love the Alps. Really. Nowhere in Europe says ‘skiing’ like the Alps. They’re deservedly popular, year after year – so majestic, so popular, so … comfortable. But if you’re an independent-minded soul, looking for new horizons and fresh snow, maybe Bulgaria, Norway or the Black Forest will be just the ticket. Here we present three of Europe’s other perfect pistes …
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Free chapter: Killer Intent by Tony Kent

Tony Kent author portraitKiller Intent is set in a shady world of hired assassins, slippery politicians and dark forces. It’s an action-packed conspiracy thriller and was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club in August.

If that sounds like your perfect holiday read, here’s your chance to find out for sure — we have a free download of the story’s opening, as well as a Q&A with author Tony Kent. Read on for details.
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