NY1815 : Hefted Hardwick's returning to the high fells below High Crag Buttermere

taken 12 years ago, near to Buttermere, Cumbria, Great Britain

Hefted Hardwick's returning to the high fells below High Crag Buttermere
Hefted Hardwick's returning to the high fells below High Crag Buttermere
Hefting is a traditional method of managing flocks of sheep on large areas of common land and communal grazing. Initially, sheep had to be kept in an unfenced area of land by constant shepherding. Over time this has become learned behaviour, passed from ewe to lamb over succeeding generations. Lambs graze with their mothers on the “heaf” belonging to their farm instilling a life long knowledge of where optimal grazing and shelter can be found throughout the year.

On many tenanted farms there is a ‘landlord’s flock’, which goes with the farm whenever there is a change of tenant. This ensures that the land continues to be successfully grazed by its resident ‘hefted’ flocks of sheep.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 30 March, 2005   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 28 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Moorland 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 1864 1500 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:31.4237N 3:15.5122W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 1860 1507
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