by Liz Corry
The grazing flock of Manx loaghtan sheep at Sorel have been confined to National Trust fields for the past few months.
The shepherds have been busy preparing for the lambing season, moving rams and ewes around Jersey.
Lambing season is now upon us.
As of last week, a large number have been allowed back out to roam freely between Sorel Point and Devil’s Hole. A reminder to our Jersey readers and anyone visiting, please remember to close gates behind you whilst on site. As you will see from the video below, sheep will be sheep. We don’t want them following you back to the car park.
Sheep flock to see staff from Birds On The Edge on Vimeo.
Please also remember that all dogs must be kept under control by law. Last year saw a record year for dog-related injuries and fatalities. No doubt the owners had no intentions of harming the conservation flock; however, a playful dog can be just as detrimental to a sheep as an aggressive one if it is running off the lead.
And one last plea – do go and visit them at Sorel. Not only are they endearing, you get to see conservation in action too. Plus the science boffins have proof: Sorel sheep are good for the soul! Trust me, read these:
How does nature impact our wellbeing?
Happiness comes naturally: Engagement with nature as a route to positive subjective wellbeing