As well as producing real food, it is important to us to farm in a way that enhances the beauty of the countryside and the conservation of wildlife. We have 5 badger sets on the farm as well as barn owls & red kites living next door.
In the spring a group of ornithologists spotted over 30 different species in a morning. For five years in a row now the grey partridges have successfully bred and the local wildfowl population is booming. The mallard did especially well this year. The idea of an ecological approach to farming is to have intimate diversity of all species.
This starts with a healthy soil and vibrant insect population. A positive sign of this in the summer was the number of butterflies and moths spotted. We also hosted two bat walks this year as the farm is alive with bats at night. All of this is down to providing hedges, beetle banks, new woodlands, wildflower mixes, pollen and wild bird seed strips. Most of all, it's actually down to you, dear reader. You make the difference when you buy food from direct from the farm. Everyone farms every time they eat. It’s our customers who make the difference to the birds and us being able to farm for wildlife and food.
New Woodlands at Church Farm
Three woods planted in 1999, and two in 2003 cover 15 acres and consist of oak, ash, field maple and wild cherry as well as shrubs and a few spruce, larch and juniper.