More than 100 sheep have died in what experts say was the UK's worst sheep attack in living memory.
The horrific discovery was made by farmer Gordon Wyeth at the West Dean Estate in West Dean, near Chichester, early yesterday afternoon.
The sheep, many of them pregnant, had been herded into a tight group against a fence and gate bordering woodland where they had panicked and had either died from shock or by being crushed in the flock.
A total of 116 sheep, worth an estimated £17,000, died in the field just north of the A286, near the old railway bridge at the eastern end of the village.
Sgt Tom Carter, from Sussex Police, said he had never seen nor heard of sheep worrying on such a scale before - though said there had been a rise in reports in recent years.
He described the grim discovery as a "terrible sight".
James Osman, the National Farmers' Union adviser for Sussex, said it was the "worst incident of its kind in living memory."