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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.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Valentines Dinner for 2

The remote camera has been out for the last week or so and has delivered some great footage of what is going on when there is no one about. Here, I left out some roadkill and a shot pigeon to see what would fancy it for a meal.

The buzzards have been residents of Westhorpe since the Autumn of 2008 and in that time have fledged 3 chicks. They can be seen most days and I have been able to keep a tab on their diet as time has gone on. They are scavengers and eat carrion wherever possible. They have been seen regularly on the occasions where there has been dead Muntjac and Hares on the land. One Muntjac which was found dead on the farm after running into a fence lasted 3 months until they had stripped the carcass completely clean of meat and we were able to watch them feeding every day. Around the nest in the summer there was evidence of Blackbirds, Moorhens, Rabbit, and a Cock Pheasant. Hopefully as we get into the spring the pair will be seen displaying as they start to think about breeding for the 3rd time on the farm but for now keep looking up!

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