This is the sound of Amy Black’s Rough Fell Sheep munching and baa-ing up on their fell in the Lake District.
The Lake District is characterised by many high fells and steep valleys, and the Rough Fell sheep has developed to be particularly suited to this topography. In Estonia, the highest point – Suur Munamägi, located in Haanja village, Haanja Parish, Võru County – is 318m above sea level. The two native sheep breeds (yet to be heard by Felicity in her adventures) – the black headed sheep and the white headed sheep – have not evolved as the Rough Fell sheep has, to live in extremely elevated conditions.
How these factors might influence the sonic qualities of Estonian sheep remains to be seen.
This is a recording of the wind whipping through fields where Rough Fell sheep silently grazed in January, in their fields, at Hilary Wilson’s Farm in Cumbria.
Standing in a wind like this, one discovers a new appreciation for the wool of fell sheep; the thick white fleece of the Rough Fell Sheep seems both necessary and appropriate.
You can hear only the wind in this recording, as the Rough Fell Sheep were very quiet at the time, hunkered down together in small groups, grazing very quietly, and warm inside their strong, long, white, woolly, protective coats.