We’re used to seeing horses and cows in the fields nearby, but although we’ve heard some sheep before, we’ve never spotted them in the field…. until now!
There was something about the way this particular sheep was munching the grass while staring at us, that was too photogenic to pass up. They didn’t seem to mind the blustery weather which was surprisingly fresh for August,
I’m not sure this particular sheep was overly keen on having her photo taken – that look really does seem to say “hurry up and go so I can carry on eating this grass”!
Cutting the grass is one of those chores that few people enjoy, especially when the grass is on a steep slope in a prestigious area, visible to everyone who drives past. One group of residents resolved the need for cutting the grass opposite their crescent, by employing some more natural techniques to keep it looking tidy; they use a flock of sheep!
The sheep slowly munch their way through the long grass, no doubt also providing a perfect location for their lambs to be raised. The older sheep were munching on the short grass, but the lambs were particularly taken with the longer tougher stalks.
It’s certainly not a sight you would expect to see just a mile or so from a city centre, but it seems to do the trick. The council did try using pigs to clear some ground elsewhere, but they didn’t seem quite as successful; one lot of pigs escaped from the field and needed to be rounded up by a couple of policemen! Thankfully these sheep seem much better at staying in the correct area.