Posted by: brigid benson | January 20, 2012

Single track sheep

Scottish highlands  salty roads  the roadman

I’ve been working at my base in the highlands, able to move freely this winter unlike the snowbound experience of 2010.  The hard ground and lack of fresh vegetation still makes life difficult for winter sheep roaming on common land.

The welcoming committee

As I travel along single track roads threading their way through the mountains I am greeted often by a deputation from the flock, bleating their demand for food. It’s not unusual for them to stop the traffic by taking over the road en masse to lick at the salt sprayed by the roadman in the gritter.  When roadside sensors warn that the temperature is about to plummet with the threat of black ice, he takes action and so do the sheep…

Winter white sheep


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