"Gutten tag" from Sussex.
By Simon Long-Price
Sending a text has become an integral part of life for most people but now the technology is being used for an altogether different species - cows.
A highly unusual project in Sussex is providing scientists and wildlife experts with valuable data which until now has been difficult to gather.
Thanks to text technology the Sussex Wildlife Trust is now able accurately to monitor the movements of a select herd of six cattle in Friston Forest near Eastbourne.
A special collar attached to the animals sends regular text messages daily to a centre in Germany which pinpoints where the cattle are and project manager Graeme Lyons is delighted with the results so far.
Project manager, Graeme Lyons.
These results are then sent to the Wildlife Trust which uses the information to map in real time the herd's grazing and other habits.
Until now previous technology meant that the experts were only able to update the record of animal movements on a monthly basis
last updated: 12/08/2009 at 13:45