The native beings of Lincolnshire

 

For a county with such range in its nature and landscape, it is to be expected that Lincolnshire should host some varieties of wildlife exclusive to itself.

An example of these is the curly-coat pig. Admittedly, these became extinct in the 1970s, but varieties of these have been re-introduced into Lincolnshire in the last decade.

Characterised by their sheep-like coats, the Lincolnshire curly-coat pig’s uniqueness contributed somewhat to their eventual demise in the county.

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A curly-coat pig. Photo by Martin Pettitt Flickr.

It was believed that their coats would enable them to survive in harsher landscapes, so many were sent abroad to areas in Eastern Europe in order to strengthen the quality of their sheep.

These were then cross-bred with native sheep of their new habitats, and as a result pure Lincolnshire sheep no longer exist.

Another animal native to the county is the Lincoln Longwool Sheep, which is also the largest breed of sheep in the UK.

These, like the curly-coat pig, are well adapted to cold conditions because of the style of their coats.

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Lincoln Longwool Sheep. Photo by nutmeg66 Flickr.

Longwool sheep, also known just as the Lincoln, have distinctively long coats that cover their eyes and droop as low as the ground. These coats make their fur very popular within the wool industry.

Like the curly-coat pig, these were exported abroad in order to improve the quality of sheep stocks elsewhere.

Another of Lincolnshire’s assets are the Lincolnshire Wolds, which were designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1973. This would mean that the region would remain virtually untouched from human interference, and result in what remains today.

These are largely rolling chalk hills that make up some of the highest land – in regards to sea level – from Yorkshire to as far south as Kent.

Due to the gradual slopes of the hills, the area is common visiting place for walkers, so it is therefore not surprising that an annual walking festival takes place in the region – with the next one taking place between May and June of this year.

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Lincolnshire Wolds. Photo by Lynne Hand Flickr.

 

Article By Robin

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