4th February 2019 - Despite our pleas to dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead near livestock last week, we're saddened to report two separate sheep worrying incidents on the Malvern Hills over the weekend.
On Saturday a dog was caught by our wardens attacking a sheep near the West Malvern Road. The next day, Sunday, one of the graziers stopped another dog from chasing sheep near West of England car park. The stress of chase and attack could have caused the ewes to abort their lambs but thankfully, in this case, this didn't happen.
Graziers were able to speak to one of the owners immediately after the event to bring their attention to the seriousness of the attack. Please remember that sheep worrying is a crime and dog owners could be reported to the police.
Both of these incidents could have been completely avoided if the dogs were on a lead near the cattle and sheep.
Make sure you take the lead and encourage fellow dog owners to take theirs too. Thank you.
28th January 2019 - We're urging dog owners to take extra care when walking their dogs on the Malvern Hills in the coming months.
Sheep on the Hills and Commons are now 'in-lamb' meaning that they're pregnant and expecting lambs in the spring.
At this time, sheep are particularly sensitive to disturbance and worrying by dogs. Sheep being chased or attacked are at risk of aborting their lambs following the stress of such an incident.
Don't take the risk of a dog chasing sheep which could result in the loss of a sheep and a lamb. Please take a lead with you and use it when you're walking near the sheep and cattle on the Malvern Hills and Commons.
The Malvern Hills and Commons are registered Common Land. This means certain local people have legal rights to put livestock onto the land to graze without notice. Members of the public should therefore be ready to encounter livestock anywhere and at anytime.
Find out more about Common Land - Foundation for Common Land
Each and every year, we receive reports from the public and from the graziers that sheep and cattle have been chased and attacked by dogs. Livestock worrying is a criminal offence. To report livestock worrying by dogs, which includes chasing, on the Hills or Commons call the Police on 101. Please also call the office on 01684 892002 so we can alert the grazier to attend. The faster the animal can receive emergency veterinary treatment the better its chances of recovery.