Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 25°C

min temp: 19°C

Search

Orford Ness: Shepherd celebrates the birth of the first lambs born at nature reserve in living memory

08:45 18 April 2014

Lambs have been born for the first time on Orford Ness. Photo by Andrew Capell.

Lambs have been born for the first time on Orford Ness. Photo by Andrew Capell.

Andrew Capell

The region’s tourism industry is this weekend predicted to thrive as a result of an extended bank holiday and the timely arrival of spring.

Lambs have been born for the first time on Orford Ness. Photo by Andrew Capell.Lambs have been born for the first time on Orford Ness. Photo by Andrew Capell.

Visitors to Orford Ness will get to see the fluffier side of the nature reserve this weekend, after National Trust Shepherd Andrew Capell welcomed 13 new additions to his flock of 98 sheep.

It is the first time lambs have been born on Orford Ness in living memory.

The flock, whose grazing assists with conservation work at Orford Ness, and helps encourage ground-nesting bird habitats, will see 20 of the ewes become first-time mums this year.

Mr Capell, who delivered his first lamb as a teenager on a hill farm in Wales, has been staying overnight on the Ness, ready to deliver the new arrivals, with more due this Easter weekend.

The flock of rare and native breeds includes White Faced Woodlands, Norfolk Horn, Portland, Manx, Hebridian, Jacobs and some cross breeds too.

Mr Capell’s task of rounding up and penning the flock would be impossible without his canine companion Kite, who is still in training to become a fully-fledged sheepdog.

Now three years old, Kite is one year away from completing his training – with shepherding folklore saying that it takes one year for every leg.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve will be open for the first weekend of 2014 on Saturday, with the National Trust ferry, Octavia, leaving from Orford Quay from 10am until 2pm. Visitors are advised to arrive early and tickets can be purchased from the National Trust office on the Quay.

Comedian was drunk and disorderly

A stand-up comedian has been given a conditional discharge after he swore at a police officer who saw him urinating in the doorway of an Ipswich Labour Club.

Gambling addict damaged machine

A gambling addict flew into a rage and damaged a £1,000 fruit machine after losing money at an Ipswich amusement arcade, a court has heard.

Holywells Park

A teenager who raided an Ipswich park kiosk three times in a week stealing ice creams and drinks worth £2,500 has been spared custody.

Friends and family gathered in Holbrook to give Sam Hall a heroes welcome. Sam has just cycled the length of France in order to raise money for charity in memory of his late brother, Archie Hall.
L-R William and Henry Bawley, Laura Hall, Sam Hall, Eve and John Hopkins.

Sam Hall was given a hero’s welcome by friends and family last night as he arrived at his Holbrook home after completing a 900-mile cycle ride in memory of his brother.

Hotrods and Custom Cars 2015 line up on the prom at Felixstowe

Hundreds of gleaming and spectacular custom cars and hot rods are set to line Felixstowe’s prom on Saturday – creating an eye-catching attraction for residents and visitors.

Abellio Greater Anglia train at Ipswich station

Several mainline train schedules were affected by a vehicle hitting a rail bridge in Essex this morning.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a leadership campaign rally - but how many floating voters do events like this attract?

The Labour leadership election is looking more and more like something you could imagine turning up in a Tom Sharpe farce as the two candidates try to out-do each other by insisting they are more and more left-wing.

Stock image of pupils sitting an exam. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There were tears from some and squeals of joy from others today as students across east Suffolk opened the envelopes containing their GCSE results.

Skye Biggs at home with her family.

A fund to raise enough money so a terminally ill girl can have her biggest dream fulfilled has topped £1,200.

Stock image of pupils sitting an exam. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Girls are expected to yet again outperform boys on GCSE results day this year.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24