Charlotte Phelps 4yrs Stoke and friend

Hundreds of local families flocked to Reaseheath College in Nantwich to welcome newly born lambs into the world.

And Reaseheath’s sheep flock put on a spectacular show, with 10 ewes producing 24 lambs within hours of the opening of the lambing sheds.

Visitors enjoyed meeting the the newborns and many were lucky enough to experience a live birth.

Reaseheath’s zoo was also open to the public, offering opportunities for families to see some of the extensive collection of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

A highlight for many was the newly opened walk through the lemur enclosure, allowing close up encounters with these enchanting animals.

Visitors could also watch as keepers fed meerkats, capybara and otters.

Both attractions will be open again next weekend, March 10 and 11.

Fleur Edmunds and Mum Alicia from nantwich with undergrad Adam Kean

The lambing weekends, which have been held at Reaseheath for the for the past 22 years, are highly popular with families from Cheshire and surrounding counties and many visitors return each year.

Sophie, from Nantwich, who was visiting with daughter Bella-Rose, aged 3, said: “We had a lovely day, so much so that I want to do it all again next week!

“The vendors are amazing, the staff are so friendly and the animals are well looked after.”

Her friend Sarah, mother to three-year-old Robin, added: “We had an amazing day.

“It’s become our tradition to visit Reaseheath’s lambing weekends together.”

Reaseheath has a commercial flock of more than 500 ewes which are due to produce around 1,000 lambs over the next month.

Eve Stacey 4yrs Northwich

The majority of births are timed to coincide with the lambing weekends, giving as many visitors as possible the opportunity to see Reaseheath agricultural staff and students delivering and caring for the lambs.

Other activities include demonstrations of sheepdog handling by shepherd Dan Henderson and his dog, Floss.

Parking is free and refreshments are available.

Dan said: “We are delighted to welcome visitors to witness this special event.

“Opening the lambing sheds gives us the chance to show what we do here and to inform the public about the farming calendar.”

Reaseheath lambing sheds and zoo will open again next weekend, March 10 and 11 (10am – 4pm)

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(Pictured: Fleur Edmunds and Mum Alicia, from Nantwich, with undergraduate Adam Kean; Robin and Bella-Rose, from Nantwich, meet Copper the lemur; Eve Stacey, 4, from Northwich, enjoys meets lambs; Charlotte Phelps, 4, from Stoke, makes a new friend; Georgina McLaughlin and son George Harrison, 2, from Winsford, have fun meeting a lamb; Matthew Tingle, 8, from Biddulph, with one of the newborns; Niamh Sherburn, 6, from Tattenhall, at the wheel of a tractor; Rory Campbell, aged one, and parents from Northwich, meet one of the lambs; Sisters Natasha and Imogen German, from Northwich, with a newborn; BSc Zoo Management undergraduate Anne-Marie Smith introduces visitors to one of Reaseheath’s lemurs)

Sisters Natasha and Imogen German (6yrs) Northwich

Rory Campbell, nearly 1, Stephen campbell and wife Northwich

Robin Richards and Bella-Rose Davenport, both 3, Nantwich, Copper the lemur

Niamh Sherburn 6yrs Tattenhall

Matthew Tingle 8yrs Biddulph

Georgina McLaughlin son George Harrison 2yrs Winsford

Anne-Marie Smith, BSc Zoo Management, lemur enclosure

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