Staff at WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre are hoping six Shetland sheep will help them attract more breeding lapwings – a bird that is now red-listed because of its decline.
They say the native breed of sheep, originally from the Shetland islands are now residents on islands in the Millennium Wetlands reserve where they will stay for at least six months. They will act as living lawnmowers, keeping the islands attractive for breeding waders such as Lapwings that have declined both locally and nationally.
The sheep will soon be joined by Dexter Cattle, in a neighbouring part of the reserve called the Western Scrapes. Like the sheep, these animals are well suited for grazing on nature reserves keeping the marshy grasslands in good condition for a wide range of wildlife and plants.