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Hill and marginal grazings
Clearance for livestock
Sheep, shelters etc
main image Sheep stell, Scottish Borders
Sheep stells provided shelter during spells of winter weather. They are especially common in the Border hills, built in drystone, with a turf cope.

The bare strips of ground around the stell suggest that the cope has recently been repaired or renewed. The small hut within the stell and the former railway wagon in the left distance, could be used to store feed.

Circular stells or 'rounds' as they were sometimes termed, were said to have been introduced to the southern Uplands after severe storms in 1620, though there is no firm evidence until after 1750. 'Stell' was also used to refer to a plantation shelter (wooded stell).

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