Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Love is in the air at the baptismal pond! A brace of ducks have decided to return for another year to the pond. Last year I wasn't able to get close enough to take a photograph but I must be getting better in my technique! Let's hope that I can get some photos of the ducklings too when they arrive.
Check out the birds after we had mowed the plots. We are thrilled that we have provided food all winter for them and you can sense that spring is coming now. The birds were singing away this morning and love is in the air - check out the next post.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
We love the buildings on our farm - they have a character all their own. The crack in the wall has identified that there were some structural problems. As we have taken the tiles off the roof you can see if you look closely that the roof has moved. We are researching ways in which we can fund the repairs.... more news to follow.
Each plot has a different mix of seeds to promote either birds, bees or small mammals.
All the seeds have now been eaten by the birds
This is how the cover crops currently look - at face value their benefit to wildlife might look limited but just wait a few short weeks .... The birds are still getting valuable food from them too
Look closely and there is lots of new growth!
Do you want to know more about food webs? Sometimes people talk about food chains, and food pyramids too. Well check out this fantastic website by Woodlands Junior School in Kent. The site uses really great ways to communicate about what farmers all over the country are trying to support as well as growing nutritious and safe food.
We had a meeting this week to discuss the Natural England cover crop plots and the exciting plans for this year.
It is still quite amazing how many birds are feeding on the cover crops. The problem is the delay on the camera, and my reactions are too slow to picture them as they fly away from the plots. The plants are starting to renew and grow and we have been planning this years farm visits so that we can show other farmers the benefits that we have seen especially in the winter plots.
Some of the plots are alive with insects especially spiders which will be a good food source for other birds and small mammals. This will help the food web on the farm as the small mammals provide a food source for the owls which we have seen hunting this winter.
The snowdrops have been bravely herading spring for a few weeks now - they survived the February snows and look beautiful amidst the March frost - a real flower of hope. To read more about snowdrops click here.