As growers we feel that we need to maintain and enhance the land, waterways and ecological environment for today and the future. As a farm we entered into a countryside stewardship agreement in 2001, with arable land being taken out of production and reverted to grassland. This non intensive lowland pasture attracts wading birds in the winter and lapwing chicks in the spring.
The farm is also in the Entry Level Scheme which has resulted in six metre grass buffer zones next to water courses and strips next to woods and hedges to encourage wildlife.
Water quality is analysed and bird surveys are carried out around the farm to record specie numbers. We take part in the game conservancy grey partridge count, aiming to increase numbers.
We also aim to protect and develop natural habitats to boost bird numbers. Owl boxes are placed around the farm and there are sightings on most days. Cropping on the farm has also seen a healthy population of brown hares.
By taking these measures we aim to optimise food production as well as maintain the natural environment for future generations.
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