Wildwood Kent
Wildwood Kent
Wildwood Kent

Soay Sheep

Ovis aries

 

Description

Small (25-40kg), hardy breed of domestic sheep. Normally brown in colour (ranging from tan to chocolate), with lighter faces, underside and rumps.

Distribution

Descended from a population of feral sheep found on the Scottish Island of Soay. Have since been transported to other UK islands and mainland UK.

Habitat

Often used in conservation grazing schemes in woodlands, hillsides and rocky areas due to their hardy nature.

Diet

Vegetation, grasses, legumes and forbes being ideal.

Behaviour

Herd animals, with a group of sheep known as a “flock”. The flock is led by a dominant individual (normally a ram), and rams assert their dominance over a single group of ewes (females) for mating rights by fighting.

Did you know?
  • Soay sheep shed their wool naturally, so there is no need for shearing.
  • Soay sheep are resilient to a lot of ailments that affect other breeds of domestic sheep such as parasites and foot rot.