Lambing season arrives in Northumberland National Park.

Northumberland National Park Authority is urging visitors and dog walkers to be extra careful and considerate when visiting the Park as lambing and nesting season arrives.

Early spring is a crucial time of year for farm animals and wildlife, as it’s when there are many pregnant sheep and young animals living in the National Park, as well as the arrival of several species of ground-nesting birds including oystercatchers, lapwing, and the Park’s iconic Curlew.

Northumberland National Park covers a vast and varied landscape, with lambing within the Park running from as early as the end of February (in the southern areas of the Park), through to the end of May (in the northern areas of the Park).

Margaret Anderson, Senior Ranger at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “Early spring is an important time for farm animals and wildlife. Over recent years we have welcomed more and many new visitors to the Park, and whilst we welcome this, it is always important to ask visitors to follow the countryside code and keep dogs on a lead, especially at this crucial time of year for livestock and wildlife.

“We ask that visitors stick to designated paths, close gates, and keep dogs on leads and take extra care near livestock, as dogs can easily scare or harm farm animals, so please keep a safe distance.”

Northumberland National Park is reintroducing its ‘Take The Lead’ campaign which launched in spring 2021, as a reminder to visitors to act responsibly. New signage has been placed across the National Park asking visitors to keep dogs on their leads and under control, to help ensure farm animals and wildlife remain undisturbed.

graphic illustrating sheep with a nearby dog on a lead, with text 'take the lead'