One of the jobs in the countdown to lambing is shearing the back ends of the ewes, known as 'crutching' or 'dagging'. This keeps them clean and also helps control blowfly strike later on in the spring. We're half way through - 200 to go!
In the queue........
Steve has also had a pre-spring shave - although not with the sheep shears (and the other end)!
We are a family from Conwy, North Wales and have been living and working on Ynys Enlli since October 2007.
We look after the island farm which consists of 310 Welsh mountain sheep, 20-30 Welsh Black cattle and various poultry, as well as managing the land. Jo also works for the RSPB monitoring aspects of the island's ecology, mainly the vegetation.
Rachel and Ben have been home-schooled during their time on Enlli. Rachel is now in her second year of a Degree in Drawing at Falmouth university, while Ben has started a Degree in Conservation Ecology with Exeter uni, also based in Falmouth.
Ynys Enlli is a very special place and we feel privileged to be involved in the stewardship of such a beautiful island, as well as to be part of the ongoing prayer and worship that has been characteristic of Enlli for centuries.
Rachel (and Squill), Jo (and Celyn), Steve and Ben (and Tia)