Ribblehead, Yorkshire Dales Willing helpers hold the week-old lambs until Rodney is ready to dock their tails

Pliers and rubber rings, a tub of aquamarine dye, plastic ID ear tags … Rodney Beresford lays out the tools of his trade on a flat-topped boulder. It’s lambing time, and he is here in the sheepfold to dock tails and castrate the days-old males.

For once the shepherd is not alone, however. For 10 years Rodney has been offering refugees and asylum seekers “a day out to remember”, as part of a Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust project. Today’s helper-guests, from St Augustine’s Centre in Halifax, have spent their morning searching his pasture for new-born lambs, guided by Rodney’s grandchildren, Lucy, eight, and Katie, five. Success? Two sets of twins born naturally – “doing grand”.

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Source: Guardian Climate Change