About our farm
In 2015 we decided to change our style of farming to assist wildlife
as much as we could. We started to direct drill into stubble land.
This alleviated ploughing and working land down to get a fine tilth, as this has been proven to kill invertebrates, those that weren't harmed had their homes broken up which in turn stopped them breeding.
Direct drilling is a system that only just cuts into the surface of the soil, releases the seed for growing and covers back over again.
We have noticed that there are many more worms in the fields as they are not being disturbed meaning they can continue to breed in peace.
This leaves wild birds a food source whilst land is getting aerated and drained by the worms.
This practice has increased wildlife on our farms and also removes the need to work the fields by 2 to 3 times a year leaving a more environmentally friendly atmosphere for all of our wildlife.
We leave our wooded areas unmanaged which allows the songbirds to nest, feed and relax in relative peace and harmony.
Nest boxes and seed feeders are placed around the area, we use nest boxes as this makes it a lot more difficult for the songbirds predators to make any attacks.
There's never a shortage of nesting material - leaves, hair from the horses when they’ve been groomed but not tail or mane hair as this is too strong and birds can get tangled up in it!
Every springtime we collect soft hair from the dogs and horse and fill fat ball feeders with the fur and hang them up.
It's surprising that when birds drop seed out of the feeders onto the floor, there's never a lot left the next morning, we studied this and watched for a few nights as the hedgehogs came out and were having a free feast!