In November 2019 I started work as the Sheep Dyke Warden on North Ronaldsay, responsible for the Grade A listed Sheep Dyke. It encircles the island, and keeps the unique breed of seaweed-eating sheep on the shoreline. The sheep are vital to the economy of North Ronaldsay and central to the island’s identity. North Ronaldsay’s full-time population now sits at around the 55 mark, and there simply aren’t enough young, fit people within the community to maintain the dyke, hence the creation of the Sheep Dyke Warden post.Sian Tarrant, Sheep Dyke Warden on North Ronaldsay
There has been a good deal of media interest and many kind volunteers have offered to help rebuild the dyke. A total of over 100 volunteer days are booked so far! Not only will the work of volunteers be crucial to the survival of the sheep dyke, engaging a wider audience with North Ronaldsay’s heritage and landscape is vital for the survival of the island.
Funds will go to keeping our volunteers warm and comfortable while rebuilding the dyke.