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Where are they now

Flass FellFell sheep roam free on the open fells. The sheep belonging to Tarn House, including adopted sheep, live on the fells of Flass and Wild Boar. You can see exactly where they are by looking up the following grid references on an Ordnance Survey map.

Flass Fell Grid reference 750025
Wild Boar Grid reference 758988

Should you be fortunate enough to visit this beautiful part of the world you may like to see the fells on which the adopted sheep live. All adopted sheep belong to the hefted flocks of Tarn House, Flass and Low Stennerskeugh Farms and will bear one of the marks described elsewhere on this web site.

On this page we keep you informed about what happens to fell sheep throughout their lives. We don't record the lives of individual sheep but we do explain what happens to our flocks during some months of the year. The sheep do not spend all their lives on the fells as you will see when you read about their activities each month. This should help you understand something about the life of a sheep on a Cumbrian hill farm.

Year 1

April May June July August September
October November December January February March

Year 2

April May June July August September
October November December January February March

Locating our 3 flocks

Flass Fell in MarchTarn House has the grazing rights associated with three farms. These are Tarn House, Flass and Low Stennerskeugh farms. Tarn House therefore manages 3 flocks of sheep, one associated with each allocation of grazing rights. Each flock lives on a different part of the Cumbrian fells. The sheep in each flock instinctively remain on their fell and do not ewesually wander away even though they are not fenced in.

Sheep that have an instinct to stay in one area are said to be 'hefted'.
All Tarn House sheep are hefted, either to Flass fell or Wild Boar fell as...

Tarn House flock - hefted to Flass fell
Flass farm flock - hefted to Flass fell
Low Stennerskeugh farm flock - hefted to Wild Board fell