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Close to nature at lambing time

Wednesday 17 March 2004

PARENTS are being invited to bring their children to the Yorkshire Dales to witness one of spring’s natural wonders – lambing time.

For centuries, lambing has marked the beginning of a new cycle of life in the Dales, a time of hope for farmers and a sure sign that spring is upon us.

Few towns people ever witness this annual renewal, however, so the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) will next month invite parents and children to a Dales farm to witness – if they are lucky – the birth of a lamb or a calf.

If not, they are invited to feed new lambs and see the work that goes into farming at this crucial time of the year at Hurries Farm, Otterburn, near Malham, which also rears Aberdeen Angus cattle.

The farm visits take place on 4, 11, and 18 April, all starting at 2pm, and people should just turn up on the day. Anyone wanting further information should contact the Malham National Park Centre on 01729 830363.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and the visits cost £2 for adults and £1 for children.

  • In line with advice issued by Defra and the Health and Safety Executive, it is recommended that pregnant women do not participate in these visits.


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