Lincoln Red cattle meet people, in the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, England.

This image is taken from the plain language summary – Landscapes, people, nature – all linked by our farm animals – for the Perspective by Stephen Hall – Livestock biodiversity as interface between people, landscapes and nature recently published in People and Nature.

The article argues for a proper appreciation of the cultural significance of livestock breed biodiversity in traditional systems and landscapes. If the farming component of the landscape can accommodate local traditional breeds, a greater range of ecosystem services will be provided than if only the most commercially attractive breeds are used.