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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.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Baby Buzzards

Buzzards have been present in Westhorpe since 2008 and successfully fledged one chick in 2009. On Friday 3rd June 2011 two healthy chicks were ringed in a nest in an ash tree in woodland in Westhorpe. The adults are a well established pair and are seen most days above and around the farm and village. These chicks are the fourth and fifth buzzards ever ringed in Suffolk and hopefully within two months they will be soaring on the thermals above Suffolk. The chicks were ringed by Patrick Barker and Chris McIntyre and without local tree surgeon Matthew Allen’s climbing expertise it would not have been possible.

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