Ronaldsay sheep

Exotic visitors often brought with them exotic animals. A surprising number of islands around the British coast have their own breed of sheep – and the island of North Ronaldsay, which is where Bill Oddie is, has North Ronaldsay sheep. They’re not exactly wild, but they’re not tame either. Nobody really knows where they came from. They were brought in long, long, long ago, possibly by the Romans. They were allowed to go more or less feral, as they say, to roam the island. The sheep got to enjoy seaweed instead of grass and these sheep do feed exclusively on the seaweed down on the shore. And they get lots of lovely minerals out of the seaweed, it’s very good for them.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterBill Oddie
Camera OperatorRobin Cox
Camera OperatorPeter Mccowen
ProducerHugh Pearson
Executive ProducerFiona Pitcher

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