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Lambing season 2016

Published: Thursday, 05 May 2016

Lambs and ewes being killed every week!

Sheep Worrying in the Regional Park - keep dogs close at heel

Throughout late March, April and May, the Regional Parks farmers will be busy with lambing. At this time of year the sheep move to lower areas of the Park to give birth. Sheep within the Park are not always confined to a traditional field; the sheep are free roaming over the hills which means visitors can come into direct contact with them wherever they are within the Park.

In order to combat the problem, Lothians and Borders Police have been out every weekend during lambing season, on their quad bikes, talking to dog owners and handing out leaflets. The Regional Park has put out large red highly visible signs giving advise to dog owners. Please adhere to the signs.

Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act, 1953, if a dog worries livestock on any agricultural land, the owner of the dog, and, if it is in the charge of a person other than its owner, that person also, shall be guilty of an offence. Sheep worrying includes attacking, chasing or injuring an animal.

During lambing season, please keep your dog under close control at all times, or on a short lead. 

Please be vigilant at this time of year.

Sheep Worrying Incidents

April - Two lambs chased over cliff into Torduff Reservoir at Bonaly - both lambs killed - Commercial dog walker prosecuted

April - Ewe and lamb chased over cliff into Torduff Reservoir at Bonaly 

April - 2 dogs chased sheep on Bonaly moorland 

April - Lamb killed on Harbour Hill 

April - one dead lamb and one injured ewe protecting its young at Dreghorn 

April - Ewe killed and another injured on Phantoms Cleugh 

April - Ewe killed on Phantoms Cleugh 

April - Lamb killed at Bonaly 

March - dog chasing and nipping at ewes heels in field behind Harlaw Reservoir

March - dog chasing ewes in field behind Harlaw Reservoir  

March - Lamb killed at Clubbiedean

March - people picking up lambs thinking they have been abandoned at Dreghorn - Please DO NOT pick up lambs, human scent on lamb will cause mother to abandon lamb. Mother will usually return to lamb. If concerned call Regional Park Service or local farmer (see signs across Park for farmers numbers). 

February - lamb killed Dreghorn

February - Lamb killed Bonaly

February - sheep chased at Harlaw