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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, 10 October 2011

Common Darters

One of the benefits of well managed ponds was in evidence last week next to Westhorpe Hall as I sat and watched at least 20 Common Darters flying in the bright sunshine, just above the water. It was also especially pleasing to see the process of egg laying at regular intervals. Eggs are not actually laid, but broadcast from the air. The male holds the female and swings around over the water. At the closest point to the water, the female releases some of her eggs to fall into the water from the tip of her abdomen. The eggs will hatch within a few weeks or if laid late in the season will emerge the following year.
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This is a video of what I saw

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