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Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

A buzzing in my ears!


After a difficult morning of new machine troubles (which did get fixed in the end!) I was on the phone by the pond in our yard and all I could hear was a buzzing! My phone was fine but when I looked up the Willow tree next to the pond had bloomed and the catkins were full of early spring pollen and nectar. I think ever honey bee in the area must have been busy collecting the nectar and moving pollen from catkin to catkin. I then noticed Queen Bumblebees buzzing around doing the same on the higher branches and then to my amazement I saw my first butterfly of 2011. A small tortoiseshell sunning its wings while sipping at the sweet nectar.
Spring must be here!!  BWB

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