To our small flock of three Exmoor Horn sheep we have added three Shropshire sheep and four Dorset Poll/Suffolk sheep. We also have our three guinea pigs and six chickens, along with the diverse range of wild birds found in the gardens and grounds.
Exmoor Horn sheep are a traditional breed ideally suited for life in the south west. Shropshire sheep are a lowland breed which are ideal for use in orchards as they don’t nibble the trees. Our latest additions are Dorset Poll crossed with Suffolk, good sized sheep with good fleeces too. We aim to save the fleeces, so that the wool can be spun or used for felting.
Our Springer Spaniel was born in May 2018 and keeps us well exercised, she loves running round the fields and through the woods nearby.
The new chicken run is completed and we now have eight chickens, including the two in the photo. In addition we have four Welsummer chickens and two La Fleche (a rare French breed). The La Fleche hens lay white eggs.
We have seen a good number of birds in our grounds including: blackbird, robin, wren, chaffinch, bullfinch, jackdaw, sparrow, thrush, nuthatch, great tit, blue tit, coal tit, buzzard, starling, dunnock, long tailed tit, goldcrest, crow, rook, greater spotted woodpecker, marsh tit, lapwing, snipe, goldfinch, heron, greenfinch, collared dove, grey partridge, small owl...