Last updated 22nd November 2023

The remaining 23 sheep at Gill’s Lap have been taken to their winter home, so all sheep and cattle are now gone for the winter.

The hardy Exmoor ponies will stay on the Forest over winter and are currently in three locations in temporary enclosures at Undertakers (near the Old Airstrip), Gill’s Lap North, and Eeyores (across the road from Gill’s Lap).

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As always, please keep dogs under close control at all times. For more information on dog walking and our Code of Conduct.


Commoner livestock on the South Chase

15th November: We have been given the ‘all clear’ from the Commoner that the sheep on the South Chase are now off the Forest. This is the permanently fenced area both sides of the Crowborough/Stonehill Road between the cattle grids. The Rangers will remove the road-side signs shortly. However, a few sheep remain unaccounted for. Some are feared dead; others may have escaped onto neighbouring properties.

If you do encounter any sheep on the South Chase, please inform the Duty Ranger as soon as possible on 01342 822846 and we will pass this on to the Commoner.