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NEWS RELEASE No: 1338016 MARCH 2010

Watch out for Sheep with their new lambs!

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Dog walkers are being asked to be particularly vigilant about keeping their dogs under control and on a lead when walking in the Forest over the next few months. 

Spring is, at last, on its way and with the brighter weather and longer days new life is coming to the Forest.  Birds are nesting and getting ready for their young – waterfowl have been spotted courting and readying their nests on Soudley Ponds and Mallards Pike.

Many people driving through or walking in the woods have seen some very new lambs with their mothers.  Forestry Commission staff and the Commoners Association are asking motorists to slow down for the sheep and asking dog owners to act responsibly.

Mick Holder, Secretary of the Commoners Association and part of the Sheep Liaison Group said:

“It is very important that dogs are kept on leads as there have already been sheep casualties throughout the Forest and at this time sheep and their young lambs are particularly vulnerable”.

Heather Lilley, Public Affairs Manager, Forestry Commission, Forest of Dean District. Tel. 01594 833057