Sheep foraging on common land


There is only one commoner turning out sheep in the New Forest at present, and these are to be found grazing on the National Trust-owned commons around Bramshaw, in the north of the National Park.

Sheep are not generally seen roaming on the open Forest because the right to turn them out (known as common of pasture for sheep) is attached to only a few properties and is rarely exercised. Also, sheep tend not to fare well as they are prone to fly-strike and lameness and prefer the conditions offered by higher moorland areas such as Dartmoor.

  1. Common rights of the New Forest
  2. History of commoning
  3. Cattle
  4. Donkey
  5. New Forest pony
  6. Pigs
  7. Sheep (you are here)
  8. New Forest Commoners Defence Association


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