Lambing Season in Suffolk, England

Mothers and Babies near Martlesham, Suffolk

Mothers and Babies near Martlesham, Suffolk

Falkenham, Suffolk, England

As someone with an extremely limited knowledge of farms, gleaned only from books and movies, I was treated to a new experience on this trip.

It was lambing time in Suffolk. We saw mothers and babies everywhere, whether we were driving on back roads, walking in Martlesham, or at our self-catering cottage at Falkenham.

One evening, I went upstairs, looked out the bathroom window, and ran back down to tell Clive there were huge sheep very close to the house. Clive agreed they were extra-large, reassured me they had no interest or ability to get through the fence, and said he thought they were pregnant.
Sheep in the Evening, Falkenham, Suffolk

Sheep in the Evening, Falkenham, Suffolk

Overnight – New Life

The next morning, we saw David, the farmer (who’s also Clive’s childhood Sunday school teacher, but that’s another story), outside with a sheep and three baby lambs. They were less than 12 hours old, having been born around 10pm the previous night. David was adjusting the fence, to make sure the mother stayed with all three babies.

Mom plus Three, Suffolk

Mom plus Three, Suffolk

David told us it’s unusual for a sheep to have three lambs, and they’d try to ‘transfer’ one of them to a sheep who only had one, to balance the load on the mothers. 

I’ve never been close to baby lambs before, and couldn’t believe they were already up and walking, albeit a little awkwardly, and never too far from their mother.

Well done, Mum.
Time to Rest

Time to Rest

Falkenham, Suffolk
Martlesham Parish and Circular Walk, Suffolk

11 Responses

  1. I don’t think there could be a cuter symbol of spring that a baby lamb. So sweet.

  2. sooooo cute!!!!

  3. I suppose we just take it for granted over here, but unless you are out walking, it wouldn’t cross your mind…

    I suppose coming from a Big City, lambs wouldn’t cross your mind either. 🙂

    I had to google Sydney just to find out how far you are from countryside…and look what I found…

    http://www.farmstayholidays.com.au/map.html

    only 80 minutes from you !!!!

  4. Hi Carol,

    Very nice and sweet pictures: so pastoral looking. Folks here enjoy going to the sheep barns in late March or April and seeing the lambs. The sheep and cows lose their pastures for a number of Saturdays in the fall as cars and RVs are parked on the fields in order for the enthusiastic Nittany Lion fans to make their way to the football stadium.

  5. Adorable!

  6. Oh those sheep are cute. We just do not have the same kind here do we? Their adorable little dark faces. they are big babies too – poor mother!!! I love how the babies get ‘transferred’. Keep having fun!!

  7. Hi there Carolyn,
    How sweet !!
    I think that I probably would have lingered hours, admiring the lambs and enjoying.
    And I don’t know much more about farming . I just enjoy the scenery & try to learn something along the way.

    Cheers 😉

  8. Thanks all (and hi Nadege!) I’m glad you enjoyed them – they really were sweet little lambs.

  9. Hi Carolyn,
    Suffolk is famous for wool churches, among other things, built during the medieval wool boom in the 15th C. If you get a chance visit Lavenham which has a terrific church and nearby Kersey. In that area you get a lot of houses painted in Suffolk pink, a very striking colour for the English countryside. If you can also see some of the great National trust houses such as Ickworth House and Melford Hall. There’s too much to see.
    Cheerio
    Phil
    ps Clive might remember the 80s series Lovejoy about a disreputable Suffolk antique dealer. Much of it was filmed around Kersey.

  10. ooohhhh–how udderly adorable! i love this story and pics!

  11. Hi Phil! Thanks for that – we went to Kersey and Lavenham with Clive’s father a couple years ago (pre-blog!) and they are impressive. That 80’s series sounds good. There is indeed so much and too much to see.

    Jules, thanks – I see you’re a softie when it comes to certain animals 🙂

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