Fresh call to dog walkers as livestock moves to new ground

Soay sheep at Chailey Common SUS-151019-121453001
Soay sheep at Chailey Common SUS-151019-121453001

A renewed warning has been made to dog walkers using a local beauty spot as livestock which graze there are moved to new ground.

Sheep at Chailey Common were moved earlier this week as part of the grazing programme aimed at preserving the historic landscape.

A flock of free ranging hardy Soay sheep will begin grazing at Lane End Common and remain there until spring next year, while Exmoor ponies will graze on Red House Common until late summer.

Dog owners using Lane End Common in particular are being warned to keep their pets under close control after a number of sheep were killed in previous years.

Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment, said: “The livestock at Chailey Common are a vital element in preserving this unique habitat for future generations.

“Grazing on the common helps stop the invasion of trees and plants which threaten the rare habitat, and to open up more of the common for walkers and riders.

“However, no matter how well trained a dog might be, its primeval instincts can kick in if it is allowed to roam free in a field full of sheep. We strongly urge dog owners who walk their pet on the common to keep it on a lead, or use an area where sheep are not grazing.”

The changes mean animals currently using Pound, Romany Ridge and Memorial commons will be removed.

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