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Be careful what you read...


I’ve been reading a lot of nature books over the last few years. Searching for information and stories that I can relay to mountain leaders and mountaineering instructors as we all attempt to become more knowledgeable about the countryside and, in particular, the uplands. Clearly then, learning about sheep is a vital part of this journey. But when researching about sheep you do have to be mindful of varied points of view. As walkers and climbers we can see the difference on our hills where land is grazed, sometimes overgrazed, and land which is not grazed. It’s pretty clear when left to its own devices land will undergo a process of succession through scrub to woodland. Don’t assume that this