We have found out today that we have been nominated for Countryside Magazines Countryside Champion for May and would really appreciate if you were able to take the time to vote and pass this on to anyone else who would be in voting. Please vote by clicking on the link below.
Just to help to you decide given that there is precious little information on the website -
We are farming 625ha and have always had the aim of demonstrating that it is possible to farm a profitable, intensive, arable farm and have no impact on the natural environment. We are a LEAF demonstration farm and are in year 7 of an HLS scheme with ever increasing populations of our target species Great Crested Newts and Grey Partridges.
All farmland wildlife has benefited with the populations of Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)species and Red list species such as Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Harvest Mouse, common toad and many more. In the winter areas of wild bird seed mix are full of hundreds of winter birds and in summer areas of Nectar flower mix are alive with pollinators.
We have planted new hedgerows, renovated Great Crested Newt breeding ponds and created new wild flower meadows. We have recorded 95 species of bird, 24 species of butterfly, 16 species of dragonfly and damselfly as well as submitting data to projects run by the RSPB, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, BTO, GWCT, Butterfly Conservation, Waveney Bird Club and the Dragonfly atlas. Bird ringing takes place regularly and we have ringed over 4000 birds on the farm as well as much, much more.
I also look after an area of 130 boxes in the Suffolk Community Barn Owl project, am on the committee of the Waveney Bird Club and advisory committee of Suffolk FWAG and a ‘Wild of Wdnesday’ contributor on BBC Radio Suffolk. Both Brian and I give talks to local groups and schools on Farming and Wildlife and in the past 5 years have hosted over 100 visits to the farm from many different schools, colleges and different groups and organisations. We have also just taken on the tenancy of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Grove Farm at Norton. There is much more going on a daily basis and the best way to see it all is to visit yourself. Keep an eye on the blog for details of farm tours and open evenings coming up this summer.
NFU Countryside is a membership organisation for people who are passionate about rural life.
We celebrate the British countryside from great food, stunning wildlife and places to visit, to what to do with your garden or veg patch, and how to get the most from your equine and canine companions.
We offer members lots of benefits including advice, information and an award-winning magazine. Plus we run great competitions and offers for members aswell as a huge number of member discounts for companies such as Cottages4you, Bupa, Jewson and Mountain Warehouse.
The website was re-launched in February and has loads more for members and non-members including news, things to do (search by location and interest), a digital version of the magazine, blogs and a member info area. And we are just about to launch a kids activities page called ‘The Welly Club’ with lots of easy (and low cost) ideas to entertain kids!