Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Soay Far and Away

One of the earliest European breeds, Soay sheep, has been on this island in the St Kilda Group since the Bronze Age. They have long attracted scientific interest because those that remain on the isolated 240-acre Soay are feral rather than domesticated. There is a fascinating website about the Sheep of Soay and Boreray and it is part of the studies and research of Christine Williams from Wales and Kathie Miller from Oregon. They are authorities on the subject and are always looking for new insights about these animals that have both the gregarious ways displayed by flocks and the singular habits of island-dwellers, especially on perpendicular grazing sites.

Scottish Islands Explorer - interested in isolated habitats

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