England and Ireland are famous for the idyllic images of sheep grazing peacefully across the landscape. It is a well deserved reputation. For a boy from the brown deserts of the American southwest, I never tire of the combination of green pastures and distant seascapes. (Over)grazing in my part of the world is a matter of real controversy, here it is a matter of necessity. The grazing is a key land management tool to maintain the rolling green hills that have come to characterize Devon and so many other landscapes on these islands. Without the grazing, the land would quickly become overgrown here due to the fertile soils and abundant rainfall. Threat or tranquility, it is all a matter of perspective….