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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.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

A Snake in the Grass

Currently there is a very special plant in flower on Westhorpe Village Green. This is a Snake's Head Fritillary, which is Britain's only native Fritillary species. It is reported in Martin Sandford and Richard Fisk's recent publication 'A Flora of Suffolk' that they are only found on four sites in Suffolk which are all Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserves or wildflower meadows and are classified as nationally scarce. The origins of this plant are unclear but it is the third year in a row it has flowered in Westhorpe. These fritillarys have an unmistakable chequer pattern to the flower. At the moment there are also very large numbers of cowslips, primroses and other wild flowers in flower and are all protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. For more information on the Snakes Head Fritillary visit the Suffolk Wildlife Trust Website. PJB

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