The Hills and Commons are grazed by livestock all year round.  This grazing helps maintain the open aspect, the wonderful views and the special wildlife habitats too.

Grazing is undertaken through MHT projects and also by local people who hold commoners rights.

As most of our land is Common Land, members of the public should therefore be ready to encounter livestock anywhere and at anytime.  Dogs must be kept under close control at all times.  If in doubt, put your dog on a lead.

Lambing time

Please be aware that the first lambs are now on Castlemorton Common and sheep in lamb are present on the Hills and Commons.  During this time we ask dog owners to take extra care on the Hills and Commons and keep their dogs on a lead near livestock. 

Livestock within temporary electric-fenced enclosures can be found in the following locations:

Northern Hills

Cattle on East Worcestershire Beacon.  Sheep off the Hills for lambing.

Central Hills

Cattle on West Perseverance Hill.  Sheep off the Hills for lambing.

Southern Hills

Sheep with lambs on Swinyard Hill and British Camp

Old Hills

Cattle no longer on Old Hills.

Map of grazing compartments (PDF)

Livestock may be found throughout Castlemorton and Hollybed Commons at all times.

You can sign up to receive weekly updates to your email inbox here.  Stockwatch is also published in the Malvern Gazette every Friday.

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 

To report a livestock related incident please call 01684 892002.

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.