A rare breed lamb born at Sutton Hoo last week as Storm Doris gusted over Britain is ‘doing well’, says the National Trust shepherd who helped with her birth.
The Manx loaghtan lamb, who was born in the early hours of Friday morning at the historic Suffolk site, was christened ‘Doris’ by rangers from the conservation charity.
Andrew Capell, who has spent 36 years as a shepherd, moved the small brown lamb and her two-horned mother out with the rest of the flock last weekend.
He said: “Doris is doing well – she’s just finding her legs. She’s skipping around more and going further away from her mum.
“We’re expecting another five to eight lambs over the next week. But for now, Doris is still the only lamb in the flock.”
Doris will join the rare breed flock that spends most of the year grazing the Orford Ness National Nature Reserve on the Suffolk coast.
Known as a ‘conservation grazing’ flock, the sheep are hard workers on the Ness, moving from field to field where they keep the grass well-mown and generate ideal conditions for other wildlife to thrive.
Part of the flock is currently grazing the burial mounds at Sutton Hoo, where in 1939 archaeologists discovered the remains of a spectacular boat burial dating back to the seventh century.
Archaeological survey work taking place later in the year means that the grass needs to be shorter. And, because of the historical significance of the mounds, heavy mechanical mowers cannot be used.
All the lambs born at Sutton Hoo this spring will stay there until April, when they will move back to Orford Ness.