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28th Jun, 2022

Trust issues spring warning to drivers and dog walkers visiting the Malvern Hills and Commons

WITH SPRING upon us, warm sunshine and flowers blooming, the Malvern Hills Trust is urging people to be aware of the dangers to cattle and sheep if they are visiting.

Both graze on the hills and commons all year round and the new lambs are getting used to their new world.

Because of this, they are unaware of the dangers posed by vehicles and traffic and the Malvern Hills Trust is asking motorists to drive carefully.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “If you’re travelling across the Castlemorton and Hollybed Commons please slow down and take extra care.

“Signs will shortly be going up around the Commons to remind drivers of the presence of lambs.”

The trust also reiterated its plea for dog owners to keep their dogs on leads around livestock.

Livestock worrying, which includes chasing, is a criminal offence and people may face a fine or, in serious cases, dogs may be destroyed.

Sheep and lambs may not always be seen when people first leave their car and they may come across them unexpectedly.

Dogs should be kept on leads near cattle and sheep to avoid incident.

Locations of grazing animals can be found on the Malvern Hills Trust’s Stockwatch page but there may be others wandering and grazing freely on Common Land.

“By following this advice, you can enjoy your walk in the countryside and keep sheep and their lambs safe and happy.”

Click here for the latest from the Malvern Hills Stockwatch.

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