Countryfile sparks outrage with ‘inaccurate and misleading’ tweet about the Lake District

COUNTRYFILE has sparked outrage with it’s “inaccurate and misleading” tweet about the Lake District.

The BBC One show’s official Twitter page shared a snap of a Herdwick sheep grazing on the western part of the National Park – but the caption left many fans raging with fury.


Countryfile has been scrutinised for their choice of words in a now-deleted tweetCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The post, which was tweeted out on Tuesday and has since then been deleted, has caused controversy due to the programme’s choice of words alongside the picture.

The caption read: “Herdwick sheep are said to be guardians of the Lake District.

“Without these hardy sheep continuously grazing, the bracken and scrub would be out of control and the fells would not look the way that they do today!”

Eco-warriors have been left demanding an explanation as to why they dubbed them “guardians of the Lake District,” considering they have highlighted how the increasing number of sheep has caused ongoing damage to our planet.


The show’s Twitter page dubbed Herdwick sheep as “guardians of the Lake District”Credit: Twitter


Herdwick sheep pictured in Castlerigg, Cumbria Credit: Alamy

With animals such as deer and sheep grazing constantly, it stops trees from growing back naturally and has a real impact on our environment.

The increase of animals on our land, increased due to sheep farming, has created worry consequences.

Trees are being cut down to make more room for sheep, which has therefore increased erosion and in hand decreased biodiversity.

Many found the picture attached to the tweet very worrying, as the sheep wasn’t surrounded by much at all.


Herdwick sheeps are a huge part of the Lake District’s heritageCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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Environmentalist Ben Goldsmith called the snap an “ecological desert” as it should have had other wildflowers, trees and scrub surrounding it – but it hasn’t.

Many have taken to Twitter to share their anger with others as the pointed out that the scenic views should look like.

One wrote: “Dear BBC. Please stop the nonsense. This is an overgrazed, degraded post apocalyptic landscape. Too many sheep. The lower slopes should be heavily wooded. Who feeds Countryfile with this rubbish?????”

Another said: “That’s not what they are supposed to look like., this photo makes me weep at the devastation caused by sheep farming. You need to get @GeorgeMonbiot on Countryfile to set the record straight.”


The Lake District is a popular tourist attraction in the UK, known for it’s stunning views Credit: Getty Images – Getty


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A third tweeted: “What has happened to Countryfile of late? The perspectives are bizarre. Is next week all about how great neonicotinoids are?

“Sheep farming is one of the most inefficient uses of land for agriculture. These areas should be seeing replanting as well as rewilding opportunities.”

A fourth chimed in: “Lol. I see BBC countryfile have deleted their pro sheep farming Lake District nonsense tweet.”

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