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It’s sheep we’re up against.

A song from my youth by the Housemartins, a UK band.

There’s a lot of water in Holland and alongside many of the canals, ditches and man-made lakes there are commonly, stretches of grass.

This grass helps the drainage too and enables rain to end up in the connected water management systems effectively but in a controlled way.

Keeping the grass under control is important.

But many of the areas are sloping and dotted with trees and shrubbery. And obviously they run close to water.

Rather than use machinery there’s a unique solution in my area.



This flock of sheep is in the district. They are moved from one strip to the next. They graze these inaccessible areas in a rotation basis. Meanwhile their ‘produce’ fertilises the ground too.

They are protected from dogs and other risks by temporary fencing and signs ask dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead.


Today they were working the strip between the cycle road and the man made water control at the edge of our district.

I think it’s a great way to feed livestock and reduce machinery use while maintaining these odd pieces of land!


16 comments on “It’s sheep we’re up against.

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    September 16, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Thank you for sharing have a blessed day Liz


  2. expatlingo
    September 16, 2014

    I hadn’t thought about the relationship between the grass and the canals. Interesting!


  3. Cynthia
    September 16, 2014

    I think this is great! Clever and obvious. Makes me feel excited thinking about the wonderful possibilities and solutions that could be implemented globally if priorities and objectives were focused through a ‘green’ lens.


    • lizard100
      September 16, 2014

      It’s simple and great. I’ve thought about the animal welfare too. And I think the sheep are only transported very short distances. They are generally in our neighborhood regularly.


  4. BerLinda
    September 16, 2014

    Working the strip – you make them sound like Las Vegas hookers πŸ˜‰

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      September 16, 2014

      Glad you got that reference. ‘Hookers’ got their name from doing crochet on the side to earn a few bob. So there’s a wooly connection!


      • BerLinda
        September 16, 2014

        Wow, now there’s a random fact I did not know! Now I need to find a pub quiz πŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

      • lizard100
        September 16, 2014

        Keep telling you, random is my middle name.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. navasolanature
    September 16, 2014

    Thanks for reminder about The Housemartins and am sure there must be some more good ole sheep songs.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      September 16, 2014

      These things come into my head. It’s a weird storage system.


  6. tootlepedal
    September 16, 2014

    Very sensible.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. mjh333
    September 30, 2014

    I think the UK could learn a thing or two from the Netherlands, it seems were so far behind!


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