Last week on Twitter the Rare Breeds Survival Trust posted a wonderful photograph of a small flock of Hebridean sheep that included what I thought could be a white Heb.
On closer inspection I think it’s just a regular white sheep who has wandered over from the small group by the wall, but it reminded me about the white Hebridean lamb that popped up in Dad’s flock this year.
My first a glimpse of him was when we gathered the sheep for shearing from across their woodland home on Skipwith National Nature Reserve.
I wasn’t quite sure if I was seeing straight and then thought it could be a lost sheep who has decided to join the flock.
This is a white Hebridean. They are not classes as albino, and the pale colouring comes from a quirk in the genes where a Heb was crossed with a white sheep many many moons ago and every now and then it will appear in the lineage again to produce a white lamb.
Isn’t he beautiful. The fleece isn’t quite white, more of a very light cinnamon colour with darker spots in places and a dappled face.
This little one has a twin who is the regular Hebridean black.
As Dad says, “ssshhhhh, don’t tell him he’s different, he thinks he’s just like all the other sheep in the field”.
We are busy getting ready ready for Yarndale which takes place next weekend, the 24th and 25th September and next week I’ll update you on Knit and Purl the orphaned Hebridean lambs who will be making their public debut at the show. They are as excited as I am!