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Molly is new kid on block.

Byline: GARY STEWART

AN EIGHT-week-old sheepdog is helping keep Merseyside's sand dunes under control.

Border collie Molly was recruited by staff at Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve.

They use a herd of 200 sheep to keep down tough plants on the dunes.

They bought Molly as an untrained replacement to take over from current sheepdog Tato when he retires.

Molly comes from a top-notch pedigree.

She is the offspring of current World Trial Champion Dog Roy.

Senior reserve manager Alice Kimpton said: "We have more than 200 sheep split between our reserves.

"They are brought down from Cumbria for six months of the year and we need the dogs to be able to bring them in and count them." Molly must wait until she is six months old before she can be trained .

She will be sent away to Wales to learn the tricks of the trade.

Alice said: "We have taken a bit of a risk buying Molly untrained.

"But a fully trained sheepdog is very expensive.

" We are hoping her natural instinct will take over." . TO VOLUNTEER at the nature reserve call 01704 578774..

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SMART: Tony Meadows from Ainsdale Nature Reserve with 'trainee' sheepdog Molly
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 27, 2009
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