Scottish Wildlife Trust's Flying Flock solve heritage grasscutting problems

Fife's delicate wildlife reserves are tended to by an unusual team

The Flying Flock

Should you be passing The Scottish World Project at Kelty and spy a flock of sheep grazing on Charles Jencks grassy spirals, resist the urge to call the authorities. You’ve spotted the Flying Flock, the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s answer to conservation grasscutting.

For ten years 180 sheep have rotated around Fife’s wildlife reserves, as well as council and private wildflower meadows. ‘Sheep graze the dominant, coarser plants, allowing rarer plants to flourish,’ explains shepherdess Laura Cunningham. The original Shetlanders have been crossed with Cheviot and Texel tups, breeding sheep relaxed about constant travelling. They also taste good: Flying Flock lamb has graced Tom Kitchin’s Michelin-starred table in Edinburgh, and is available through Puddledub’s outlets.

Read Laura Cunningham's Flying Flock blog at


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