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Places you can see lambs

Four spring lambs frolicking on a grassy slope with a folly behind
Spring lambs bouncing in the park at Stowe Gardens, Buckinghamshire | © National Trust Images/David Humphries

Lambs are one of the first and most popular signs of spring in the UK. Find out where to spot different breeds at many of the places we look after.

Arlington Court, Devon
Arlington Court has traditionally been home to Jacob sheep, but over the last few years we’ve been introducing new breeds. Pay a visit this spring and meet the latest flock of lambs.Visit Arlington Court
Borrowdale and Derwent Water, Cumbria
Borrowdale has a long history of hefted sheep, which roam the landscape. Look out for the flocks of Herdwicks, kept on traditional farmland by farm tenants. Beatrix Potter once raised this breed. If walking with dogs, please keep them on a short lead at all times to protect the lambs.Visit Borrowdale and Derwent Water
Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Calke Abbey is home to a small flock of rare Portland sheep. The lambs are born with a foxy-red coat, which changes to a creamy-white in the first few months.Visit Calke Abbey
Charlecote Park, Warwickshire
Rare Jacob sheep are a long-established part of the parkland at Charlecote. They were first introduced to pastures surrounding the lake to help manage the grassland habitats. Keep an eye out for lambs frolicking in the fields from mid-April.Visit Charlecote Park
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Chirk is still a working estate, with tenants farming the land. During spring, you'll spot lambs leaping around as the flocks graze the parkland, helping to maintain the natural habitat for other wildlife species.Visit Chirk Castle
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
During spring and summer, a flock of Hebridean sheep graze at Clumber Park. Come and see the sheep and their lambs, and discover how they help to shape the landscape.Visit Clumber Park
Crom, County Fermanagh
Flocks of sheep graze the landscape at Crom, so there’ll be plenty of new lambs to see in spring. They're looked after by tenant farmers, who check on them regularly during lambing season.Visit Crom
Two lambs with black faces looking at the camera
LLanwenog lambs at LLanerchaeron, Wales | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris
Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry
If you’re taking a stroll across the Downhill Demesne estate, keep a look out for sheep and lambs. These hardy grazers can cope in all weathers and are ideally suited to this exposed site.Visit Downhill Demesne
Erddig, Wrexham
For more than 300 years, the parkland here has been open for visitors to explore. A wildlife haven, the meadows offer a rich food source for sheep – come and see them with their lambs on your next visit.Visit Erddig
Eskdale and Duddon Valley, Cumbria
With its wide-open spaces and traditional farmsteads, Eskdale and Duddon Valley is a great backdrop for photographing lambs at play. Amble along the River Esk and spot the traditional Herdwick sheep grazing with their young. Please keep your dogs on a short lead to help protect pregnant ewes and lambs.Visit Eskdale and Duddon Valley
Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
Take a spring stroll around the estate at Felbrigg and see flocks of ewes and their lambs grazing in the parkland. You might even catch one of the Lambing Open Days at the estate's farm.Visit Felbrigg Hall
Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
Look out for the sheep and their newborn lambs outside Swanley Grange, and discover the abbey’s historic connections to the wool trade. After spotting some woolly lambs, explore the monastic granges and try your hand at some spring activities.Visit Fountains Abbey
Greys Court, Oxfordshire
Come to Greys Court and see the newborn lambs – just one of the many signs of spring you can enjoy here, along with swathes of bluebells around the estate and apple blossom in the Walled Garden.Visit Greys Court
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Kingston Lacy's lambing season will be in full swing throughout April. Join a free drop-in session on selected dates to see the lambs, meet the Farm Manager and learn more about this rare breed of Portland sheep.Visit Kingston Lacy
Lambs on hay at Home Farm, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Lambs resting at Home Farm | © National Trust Images/Mike Selby
Ickworth, Suffolk
With miles of parkland and woodland to explore, Ickworth is a great place to spend a spring day. Around 2,000 lambs are born here each year. Watch them discover their new home as you stroll around.Visit Ickworth
Llanerchaeron, Ceredigon
Llanerchaeron has remained unaltered for more than 200 years. This self-sufficient estate includes a working farm, where lambs are born from mid-March onwards. Don’t forget to say hello to the Welsh black cattle, geese and rare Welsh pigs too.Visit Llanerchaeron
Orford Ness, Suffolk
Orford Ness is home to a very important flock of sheep, whose grazing helps conserve the landscape and encourage ground-nesting bird habitats. The first lambs were born here in spring 2014. Every year more newborns take their first steps under the watchful eyes of Ranger Andrew Capell and his sheepdog Sweep.Visit Orford Ness
Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
A flock of 40 Southdown sheep live at Shugborough, and are lambed in the visitor farmyard every year. There are lots of newborns in spring – why not come and see them?Visit Shugborough
Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire
The fields leading up to the manor at Snowshill are the nursery for the Clun Forest lambs, which are owned by a tenant shepherd. Visit the estate and see the newborns at play, as well as the spring flowers in the garden and blossom in the orchards.Visit Snowshill Manor
Stowe, Buckinghamshire
At Stowe, the resident sheep and cows keep the grass growth under control and help recreate the historic views that it's famous for. Visit in the spring for a chance to see the newborn lambs.Visit Stowe
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Visit Wimpole in spring, when more than 250 rare-breed ewes give birth to several hundred new additions to the flock each year. You can watch the newborn lambs skipping, playing and exploring the farm.Visit Wimpole

The types of sheep we look after

Learn about different types of sheep that you can find at some of the places in our care.

Whitefaced Woodland ewe and lamb at Home Farm on Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Whitefaced Woodland ewe and lamb at Home Farm on Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire | © National Trust Images/Catherine Hayburn

Whitefaced woodland

This endangered species of sheep is found at places such as Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire, Orford Ness in Suffolk and Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. The whitefaced woodland is England's largest hill breed, and can survive on harsh terrain. Both the ewes and rams can grow heavy spiralled horns.

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