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Places you can see lambs

Two lambs
Lambs symbolise the joys of spring | © National Trust Images/Sam Milling

Lambs are one of the first and most eagerly awaited signs of spring and can be spotted at many of the places we look after. Find a place near you

Best places to see lambs

Arlington Court, Devon
Arlington Court has traditionally been home to Jacob sheep, but over the last few years we’ve been introducing new breeds. Why not pay a visit this spring to meet the new flock of lambs?Visit Arlington Court
Borrowdale and Derwent Water, Cumbria
Borrowdale has a long history of hefted sheep which roam the valleys and fells beloved by Beatrix Potter. This traditional farmland is tended to by farm tenants who raise flocks of Herdwicks. As you take a walk at Borrowdale, please make sure to keep your dogs on leads to help keep lambs safe from harm.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 creamy-white in the first few months.Visit Calke Abbey
Charlecote Park, Warwickshire
The rare-breed Jacob sheep flock is a long-established part of the parkland at Charlecote. They were first introduced to pastures surrounding the lake to help manage the grassland habitats. You'll be able to see lambs gambolling in the fields from mid-April.Visit Charlecote Park
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
During spring, lambs can be spotted frolicking around the parkland of Chirk Castle in Wrexham. Come and see the lambs and admire the sheep as they graze, helping to maintain the natural habitat for many wildlife species.Visit Chirk Castle
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
During spring and summer, a flock of Hebridean sheep graze at Clumber Park. Come and visit to see the the sheep and their lambs, and discover how they help to shape the landscape.Visit Clumber Park
Crom, County Fermanagh
Flocks of sheep help to graze the landscape at Crom, so come spring there’ll be plenty of new lambs to spot. Most ewes will only have one newborn, but some breeds are prone to having twins and, sometimes, triplets. The sheep belong to tenant farmers, who check on them regularly during lambing season.Visit Crom
Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry
If you’re taking a stroll across the Downhill Demesne estate, keep an eye out for flocks of sheep. These hardy grazers can cope in all weathers – perfect for more exposed sites like Downhill. At this time of year they’ll have their newborn lambs with them – proof that spring has arrived at last.Visit Downhill Demesne
Erddig, Wrexham
Newborn lambs can be seen in this wildlife haven, where for over 300 years the parkland has been open for visitors to explore. The meadows and parklands make a rich source of food for lambs and sheep, so why not come and spot a lamb or two on your next visit?Visit Erddig
A flock of sheep with their lambs roaming the countryside in spring at Brockhampton
Find lambs in many National Trust places | © National Trust Images / Andrew Butler
Eskdale and Duddon Valley, Cumbria
With its wide-open spaces and many traditional farmsteads, Eskdale and Duddon Valley is the perfect backdrop for photographing lambs at play. Take a walk along the river Esk and find the traditional Herdwick sheep grazing with their young. Please make sure you keep dogs on leads to help protect pregnant ewes and lambs from harm.Visit Eskdale and Duddon Valley
Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
Look out for the sheep and their newborn lambs outside Swanley Grange this spring and discover the abbey’s historic connections to the wool trade. After spotting some woolly lambs, explore what the monastic granges were used for and try your hand at some spring activities.Visit Fountains Abbey
Greys Court, Oxfordshire
Come and see the little lambs at Greys Court, which will greet you before you enter the house.Visit Greys Court
Hinton Ampner
Enjoy a spring stroll around the Hinton Ampner estate and spot flocks of sheep and newborn lambs grazing in the parkland. See if you can spot any gambolling as you walk among them.Visit Hinton Ampner
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Lambing season at Kingston Lacy begins from 1 April. In spring 2023, you can also join some events at Kingston Lacy to meet the lambs and get to know each of their sweet personalities.Visit Kingston Lacy
Ickworth, Suffolk
With miles of parkland and woodland to explore, a wander around Ickworth is a great way to spend a lazy spring day. Around 2,000 lambs are born here each year, and you can watch them having fun discovering their new home.Visit Ickworth
Llanerchaeron, Ceredigon
Remarkably unaltered for over 200 years, this self-sufficient estate includes a Georgian villa, walled gardens and a working farm. Lambs are born here from mid-March onwards. Don’t forget to say hello to the other animals too, from Welsh Black cattle to chickens and geese, and even rare Welsh pigs.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, Stafforsdhire
There's a flock of 40 Southdown sheep at Shugborough, which are lambed in the visitor farmyard every year. There are lots of lambs to see in spring, so why not plan a visit to see these sweet animals?Visit Shugborough
Snowshill, Gloucestershire
The fields that lead up to the Manor are the nursery for the Clun Forest lambs that belong to a tenant shepherd. There’s always at least one that is happy to pose for a photo. While you visit, look out for spring flowers like daffodils and crocus across the gardens, and blossom in the orchards.Visit Snowshill
Stowe, Buckinghamshire
Stowe's tenant farmers use the land in much the same way as it would have been during the time of Viscount Cobham, one of the estate's former owners. The resident sheep and cows control the grass growth, provide food and help recreate the historic views. Don’t forget to look out for the newborn lambs in spring.Visit Stowe
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Come in spring and meet the newborn lambs at Wimpole, where 280 rare breed ewes gave birth to several hundred new additions to the Wimpole flock last April. You can see the 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 can be 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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