Dog owners are being reminded to keep their animals under control in the countryside.
The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture says whilst this is important all year round, it has particular relevance during the lambing months of March to June and any dog, regardless of size or breed, can pose a threat
It's also a crucial period for nesting birds in areas like the Ayres National Nature Reserve.
DEFA says many farmers are still feeling the after effect of heavy losses caused by the snowfall in March last year and it's vital that every pregnant ewe and subsequent lambs are given the best opportunity with minimal disturbance.
Members of the public are being reminded that farmers have the right to take action to protect their livestock in the event of dogs straying and legal action can be taken against people who do not control their dogs.