Sheep Shenanigans

On day 225 of 365 Days Wild I spent some time watching the sheep in the field behind our house. Most of the time the sheep are too far away for me to really see, never mind photograph, but they tend to approach much closer most days around sunset.

I find them quite fascinating to watch. There are always a few who are jumping and leaping around. Others butt heads and push in front of their herd-mates in order to munch the grass where others are already eating.

Some sheep appear to be far more confident than others, leading the way rather than simply following. Some watch me constantly, others continue to eat, unconcerned by my presence – at least until one of their fellows startles as I shift my position and they all charge off across the field.

I still haven’t worked out exactly what breed the sheep are, though they are similar to both Lincoln and Leicester Longwools, two relatively local breeds. I’m told that they belong to a friend of a granddaughter of our neighbour, who is renting the field from them over winter before the cattle return in May. I’ll have to see if I can find someone able to identify them.

That’s all for today. How have you been connecting to nature recently? Let me know in the comments below.

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