SHEEP farming on the fells of the Westmorland Dales is the subject of a new short film created by The Farmer Network.

The film is the first in a series of films that are being produced to highlight key events in the farming calendar, and will demonstrate the practice of "fell gathering."

It features Mark Curr, a third generation farmer at Bowderdale Head, explaining how his flock of 640 Swaledale sheep are gathered from the fell and why they are brought down to the farm.

Swaledale Sheep at Bowderdale Head

Swaledale Sheep at Bowderdale Head

The film forms part of a project the Farmer Network is delivering on behalf of the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership scheme, and is available to watch online now.

One of the main aims of the project is to reveal how the farming community manage the landscape of the Westmorland Dales.

Carol Moffat, Project Manager for The Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria Farmer Network said:“This film demonstrates the challenges that all fell farmers face not only in terms of the physical demands of their day to day work but the economic pressures that they endure.”