- The Barker Boys
- 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.
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Giant Bird Tables
Every spring areas of our farm is sown with a seed mix totally devoted to farmland birds. These area Patrick and myself call giant bird tables, they do what the name suggests produce huge amounts of seed throughout the hungry gap in winter when natural seed sources in the hedgerows and around the fields have been exhausted. We sow a mix of seed in plots of about 2-3 football pitches located close to natural habitats like hedgerows and woods to give the farmland birds some protection while they forage for the seed. This short video is of Richard Barnes from King Conservation Seed Company explaining the different plants that get sown in the mixes.
We think that these mixes are and will deliver huge amounts of seed for the birds and help to reverse the decline in populations we have seen in Farmland birds since the 1970's as explained in this film.