Stephen spent two days this week training some staff and volunteers working on Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Magnificent Meadows Project. This HLF funded project is managing some important grassland areas in south Northumberland, particularly those on the Whin Sill and other ‘calaminarian’ sites along the River South Tyne. Some of these sites are being grazed by Flexigraze.
The day was used to introduce those attending to handling sheep, shearing them and general sheep management. The two Exmoor ponies on the site were also brought in to consider the different needs of these larger animals.
There were plenty of chances for hand’s on as well as more theoretical aspects of grazing.
The course included getting to grips with the terminology used in sheep farming, all the names used for different ages and stages that confuse most non farming folk.
Jess had plenty to do gathering and helping out but also enjoyed the company when not on duty!