Lookerers led by Nathan Morris use the now tried and trusted technique of gathering our Native breed Soay sheep using a line of people with a plastic net fence. Native breed sheep don’t ‘follow like sheep’, instead they react as if you were a predator, and go in different directions, often jumping high in the air and running at great speed. By using the fence in a long tight line the sheep can be gathered quite calmly which is important as we don’t want stressed sheep, particularly the pregnant ewes. The sheep have now been split and moved to a number of locations as grass was getting low, which is normal for this time of year. The grass will start growing when the weather warms and reach a peak growth in June. We are keeping the sheep because they greatly help the nature conservation value of the wildflower meadows, but they also make the World Heritage Site a living farmed landscape once again.

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