Welcome to adopt-a-sheep.com
This web site is an educational resource designed to give information
to anyone interested in sheep, but in particular, hill or fell sheep and
how they are farmed. It is full of factual information - for instance
did you know that all the sheep you see on the fells are females (ewes)?
Why is this and where are the males (rams)? On this web site you can even
adopt a new-born lamb and learn about its life on the fell until it gives
birth to its own lambs and the life cycle starts again.
The Adopt a Sheep Project is based at Tarn House in Cumbria where Martha and Clara help to manage it. Individuals, families, classes of children, indeed anyone, can adopt a lamb. A lamb may be also be adopted as a gift for someone else - a birthday present, a wedding present, a present for valentine's day, a retirement gift etc. A very unewesual gift we think ewe will agree!! Ewe can make up a message to go on the web site. You can even send in a picture to go on the site.
On the highest
mountains in Britain, and on some of the most rugged terrain you will
see fell sheep. They are so very much a part of the natural landscape
that we tend to take them for granted. But they do serve a purpose and
have, over thousands of years, shaped the countryside and communities
in which we live. This web site seeks to provide an extensive explanation
of the life cycle of fell sheep and the job of a hill farmer.
grazing, the fells would return to their natural state and would quickly
be covered with heather or native plants, and eventually, with native
woodland. There is an argument for this type of wilderness approach, but
not if you happen to be a hill shepherd!