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March 29, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Spring lambs in a winter scene

Spring lambs

As I passed this field today I was struck by how few lambs there were.  The unusual cold weather (the coldest March for 50 years) has had a devastating effect on wildlife in the UK and especially spring lambs.  I hope these make it.  My eye was drawn to the tiny black figure just off centre of the shot; such a vulnerable little creature.  As I have said before, it looks pretty but it’s tough.  I understand we have about a week of this and then it should start to become more normal (about 11 centigrade), so I just hope that everything can hang on a little longer.



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  1. Gallivanta / Mar 30 2013 3:02 am

    I have seen news footage of the sheep being pulled out of the snow. It must indeed be harsh for the lambs and the farmers too.

  2. andelieya 安德洌雅 (official) / Mar 30 2013 3:38 am

    This photo turned out great! I really like the ‘layers’ of snow, sheep, then low trees or hedges, followed by medium size trees and then the very tall trees in the back. And each ‘layer’ has its own color, textures, and shapes. Well done!

  3. stanze / Mar 30 2013 1:39 pm

    Farmers here bring the lambs (with the mothers) inside a warm barn during the night. Sadly all the barns on this property aren’t warm at all. Snow gets in through holes in the roof and so on. Last year’s spring was very cold in France, and all the dying lambs made me sad. That’s why I decided not to have lambs this year. And it was a good decision. But I miss the lambs a bit nevertheless. Luckily my grown up sheep behave like lambs and make me smile every day. And luckily the second the last snow we had didn’t stay. At least it looks green, even if the grass isn’t really growing yet.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Mar 30 2013 2:18 pm

      I understand some farmers are bringing the lambs in to shelter but not all have the facility and many will be lost sadly.

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