Wildlife and habitats
The farm's species rich grassland coupled with ancient oaks,
ditches and hedges gives the farm the potential to support
a wide range of plants and animals. We consider this opportunity
a real privilege and are doing our utmost to run the farm
in a way that maximises its potential to wildlife. Find out
more via the links on the right.
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing
buzzards soaring, hawks diving and herons waiting patiently.
Having these top predators on the farm means that we're doing
our bit to help ensure the food chain on which they depend
Many animals on the Farming and Wildlife
Advisory Group's Bio Diversity Action Plan are found on the
farm. These range from Tree Sparrows, Nut Hatches and Green
and Spotted Woodpeckers through to Redwings, Brown Hares,
Wrens and Long Tailed Tits. All these animals need different
habits, and underline why a farm needs to be managed in its
entirety to realise its potential benefit to wildlife and
native plant species.
We've taken this whole farm approach and work with the Soil
Association, the Countryside Stewardship scheme and the FWAG,
to enhance our farm's value to wildlife. We also have an educational
programme to help inform children and adults
about the countryside and organic farming.
Organic farming fact
UK organic farms contain 85% more plant species, 33% more
bats, 17% more spiders and 5% more birds than conventional
farms, according to the findings of a five year research programme
from Oxford University, the British Trust for Ornithology,
and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.