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Brighton's new Herdwick flocks need ‘lookerers’

The Argus: Herdiwck ship arrive at Wild Park in Brighton Herdiwck ship arrive at Wild Park in Brighton

Sheep have been called in to help preserve the wildlife of a South Downs park.

The Herdwick sheep arrived at Wild Park in Brighton on Wednesday, January 9.

Council staff hope their grazing will mean the downland meadows will remain a haven for wild flowers and butterflies.

The 20 sheep are among 600 currently being used in similar schemes around the city, at Sheepcote Valley, Beacon Hill in Rottingdean and Stanmer Park.

Countryside ranger David Larkin said: “The Downs were famous for their sheep, but sheep farming declined, with the loss of important habitat that wasn’t maintained by sheep grazing.

“At Wild Park it is the first time there have been sheep there for probably 100 years.”

Volunteer “lookerers” work on a rota to go and check that the sheep are all right.

The Herdwick breed is from the hill farms of Cumbria so are used to foraging in areas with sparse pasture.

To become a lookerer, visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/lookerers.

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6:35pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Indigatio says...

Who has paid for all the fencing and other measures needed to keep the sheep in Wild Park and what was the total cost?
Who has paid for all the fencing and other measures needed to keep the sheep in Wild Park and what was the total cost? Indigatio
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8:08pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Vigilia says...

Indigatio wrote:
Who has paid for all the fencing and other measures needed to keep the sheep in Wild Park and what was the total cost?
Whatever the cost, it will pale into insignificance compared to the £1,000 a day we are paying to maintain travellers' habitats in the City. 19 Acres off Devils Dyke Road is to be fenced for the same purpose in the near future in a joint venture with the South Downs National Park that will help to protect the SDNP from Brighton and Hove City Council's obsession for making large areas of the national park available to their travellers.
[quote][p][bold]Indigatio[/bold] wrote: Who has paid for all the fencing and other measures needed to keep the sheep in Wild Park and what was the total cost?[/p][/quote]Whatever the cost, it will pale into insignificance compared to the £1,000 a day we are paying to maintain travellers' habitats in the City. 19 Acres off Devils Dyke Road is to be fenced for the same purpose in the near future in a joint venture with the South Downs National Park that will help to protect the SDNP from Brighton and Hove City Council's obsession for making large areas of the national park available to their travellers. Vigilia
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8:25pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Nosfaratu says...

How long do you think it will be before a gang decides 'this is easy meat'.

Why not put some at 'Rottingdean' Golf Club. Now the holes have been filled in it should be quit safe !
How long do you think it will be before a gang decides 'this is easy meat'. Why not put some at 'Rottingdean' Golf Club. Now the holes have been filled in it should be quit safe ! Nosfaratu
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9:01pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Indigatio says...

Vigilia wrote:
Indigatio wrote:
Who has paid for all the fencing and other measures needed to keep the sheep in Wild Park and what was the total cost?
Whatever the cost, it will pale into insignificance compared to the £1,000 a day we are paying to maintain travellers' habitats in the City. 19 Acres off Devils Dyke Road is to be fenced for the same purpose in the near future in a joint venture with the South Downs National Park that will help to protect the SDNP from Brighton and Hove City Council's obsession for making large areas of the national park available to their travellers.
As per Nosfaratu's post one does wonder how long it will be before their numbers start to decrease from the initial 20 that are being grazed there.
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Indigatio[/bold] wrote: Who has paid for all the fencing and other measures needed to keep the sheep in Wild Park and what was the total cost?[/p][/quote]Whatever the cost, it will pale into insignificance compared to the £1,000 a day we are paying to maintain travellers' habitats in the City. 19 Acres off Devils Dyke Road is to be fenced for the same purpose in the near future in a joint venture with the South Downs National Park that will help to protect the SDNP from Brighton and Hove City Council's obsession for making large areas of the national park available to their travellers.[/p][/quote]As per Nosfaratu's post one does wonder how long it will be before their numbers start to decrease from the initial 20 that are being grazed there. Indigatio
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1:07am Sat 12 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

That's right council, you fanny about with sheep and filling in holes on a golf course and then go bleating to the Govt that you haven't got enough money.
That's right council, you fanny about with sheep and filling in holes on a golf course and then go bleating to the Govt that you haven't got enough money. Maxwell's Ghost
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3:48am Sat 12 Jan 13

Roundbill says...

"Lookerers" is a really creepy word. It sounds as if it should have been the title to a sinister 1970's children's series? "The Lookerers" - euww! Sends a shiver down my spine...
"Lookerers" is a really creepy word. It sounds as if it should have been the title to a sinister 1970's children's series? "The Lookerers" - euww! Sends a shiver down my spine... Roundbill
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7:24am Sat 12 Jan 13

george smith says...

The council needs to tell how much the cost of the sheep is each week for the 620 sheep and the cost each time they move them. At Findon sheep fair there are foot troughs and hand wash, to stop spreading infections. There are animal welfare issues also involved, and you do not need sheep in a public park, as it is a park not a farm, it was an open space, now it is fenced off. It is all about egos and career development as it is now worse than when they first started the stupid project.
The council needs to tell how much the cost of the sheep is each week for the 620 sheep and the cost each time they move them. At Findon sheep fair there are foot troughs and hand wash, to stop spreading infections. There are animal welfare issues also involved, and you do not need sheep in a public park, as it is a park not a farm, it was an open space, now it is fenced off. It is all about egos and career development as it is now worse than when they first started the stupid project. george smith
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9:01am Sat 12 Jan 13

MikeyA says...

Hove Lawns would be ideal - combining fresh lamb with the barbeque area...
Hove Lawns would be ideal - combining fresh lamb with the barbeque area... MikeyA
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12:03am Sun 13 Jan 13

bumble88 says...

Talking of open spaces Tenantry Down one of our few remaining open areas is next to be fenced for sheep grazing. There has been no consultation on this.
Talking of open spaces Tenantry Down one of our few remaining open areas is next to be fenced for sheep grazing. There has been no consultation on this. bumble88
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10:07am Sun 13 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Another vanity project.
Another vanity project. Maxwell's Ghost
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