Why do these sheep matter?
We’ve all heard that nature is in trouble. 60% of native species have declined in the last fifty years. Climate change, development and industrial-scale farming are blamed. These sheep show how farmers and conservationists can combine livestock farming and nature conservation.
Ian Pease, Shepherd at Hatfield Forest, explains: 'These flocks help maintain historic pasture – a habitat that’s fast disappearing. The grazing these sheep do is protecting wildlife now and for the future.'