‘Flying flock’ of sheep touches down in Kelty

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A roving flock of sheep has moved into a former opencast mine site near Kelty.

The St Ninians surface coal mine, near Kelty, is being transformed into a huge landscape art project, funded by Scottish Resources Group and designed by award-winning landscape architect Charles Jencks.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s own ‘Flying Flock’ of sheep will be helping to maintain the site by grazing the landforms to keep them in good condition and improve their biodiversity. The first sheep have arrived at their new home and immediately got to work.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s sheep are usually used to graze wildlife reserves in Fife to restore and maintain rare habitats such as wildflower meadows and raised bogs. They are moved between reserves by the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s own shepherd. The opportunity to be involved in creating an entirely new habitat is an exciting development for the Flying Flock.

Alistair Whyte, Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Reserves Manager (East Central Scotland) said: “We are very pleased to be involved in the restoration of the open-cast site at Kelty. When completed, this is going to be a spectacular place for visitors and wildlife, and it’s great to be able to play a part in the process.”

Colin Ortlepp, planning director for Scottish Resources Group, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed the first members of the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s flying flock of sheep onto St Ninians. This marks an important stage in the ongoing restoration of the current operational area at St Ninians and the delivery of the land art project.”

The project, when completed, will be a major visitor attraction and a fantastic resource for locals and tourists alike.