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Black sheep cut golf course grass

Hebridean sheep
The sheep will stay on the course over the winter months

A flock of Hebridean sheep has been drafted in to control rough on a links golf course in western Scotland where mowing is prohibited.

The 260-acre Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, Argyll, is built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Environmental restrictions mean that the grass cannot be cut by the traditional method of mowing.

Greenkeeper Keith Martin brought in the black sheep last week to control rough grasses amongst the dunes.

The flock will be kept on the course over the winter months.

The hardy Hebridean breed is able to thrive on rough grazing and is often used as a "conservation grazing animal" to maintain natural grassland.

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