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.
During the winter we supplement our areas of Wild Bird Seed Mix with wheat sweepings and the cracked wheat which is cleaned out during the seed preparation process. We try to keep a regular supply of food out through the whole winter especially during the hungry gap which is from the end of January through until early March when the natural food stocks are exhausted and before spring starts. The main beneficiaries of this food are the game birds and ground feeding passerines such as Yellowhammers, Chaffinches, Dunnocks etc but with the new camera I thought it would be interesting to see what else is using these areas.
and some pheasants.
Total species count for the weekends photos - Pheasants, Roe Deer, Muntjac, Moorhen, Pigeon, Rabbit, Mouse, Squirrels and Hares.