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Sheep helping with project on South Downs

Now, here is a fascinating fact - the South Downs are home to one of the most precious habitats on earth. Chalk grassland supports many threatened species, and it's rarer than rainforest.

Now, conservationists are trying to create more chalk grassland, and they've drafted in flocks of sheep to help improve the habitat for wildlife. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Appeal to find stolen sheep

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward following the theft of sheep from a field near Wareham.

160 sheep were stolen between 8am on Saturday 2nd November and 2.30pm on Monday 4th November at a field next to the A352 between Wool and East Stoke.

No arrests have been made.

The thieves would have needed a good understanding of livestock and used a large vehicle, possibly a six or eight wheeler type lorry, to move the sheep.

I am appealing to witnesses and anyone who may have seen any unusual activity in the area around this time.

All the sheep had colour markings and were electronically tagged. If anyone has been offered sheep in unusual circumstances or for very low prices please contact the police on 101.”

– Police Constable Adam Taylor, of Wareham Police

Animal campaigners protest ahead of court case.

Campaigners outside Ashford Cattle Market Credit: john ryall

Live export protestors outside Ashford Cattle Market today. Demonstrators are also gathering at Canterbury Crown Court where the trial is due to start of exporters accused of transporting sheep not fit to travel. The charge relates to the deaths of 45 sheep at the Port of Ramsgate last September.

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Sheep attack farmers say 'Keep dogs on leads'

Farmers on the South Downs are asking dog owners to keep their pets on their leads when they are around sheep, after a number of serious attacks.

At this time of year, many ewes are pregnant and may miscarry their lambs if they feel stressed. Police are warning the dog owners that they could face prosecution if their animals are out of control around livestock. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are: Tim Armour, a farmer; and Jan Knowlson - a ranger for the South Downs National Park.

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