A tweet from the BBC’s Countryfile Twitter account has sparked a furious backlash after it described sheep as the “guardians of the Lake District”, despite the well-documented negative impact sheep can have on landscapes.
On Monday, the account posted a photograph of a Herdwick sheep, a robust breed which can survive solely on foraging in the fells.
“Herdwick sheep are said to be guardians of the Lake District,” the tweet read.
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