Farming for Nature

20 things we are doing to enhance biodiversity and manage our farm sustainably

  1. Our farm is in conversion to organic with the Organic Trust

  2. We leave hedges to grow above 1.5m in height providing suitable nest sites for birds

  3. Our average field size is under 1ha which means we have many nature corridors along field boundaries for wildlife.

  4. We don't graze field margins allowing native wildflowers and grasses to grow providing habitat for biodiversity

  5. We have an abundance of whitethorn, blackthorn, hawthorn, gorse and bramble which provide pollen for the bees and food for the birds

  6. All watercourses are fenced off and livestock have alternative water supplies

  7. Birds and bats are always allowed to nest in our barns and outbuildings

  8. We do not spread slurry or chemical fertilisers

  9. We do not use pesticides

  10. We farm a rare traditional breed of cattle

  11. We have small woodland plots which are only lightly grazed in the spring and autumn

  12. We do not use toxic rodenticides

  13. We rest some meadows and pastures during the main flowering season allowing more flowering plants to thrive

  14. We grow a crop for wildlife and leave it unharvested during the winter months to provide food through the winter for seed eating birds

  15. Our farm is lowly stocked meaning we do not overgraze or poach our land

  16. We plant a huge range of wild flowers

  17. We are a traditional mixed farm of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens and horticulture - not a monoculture

  18. We mob graze our cattle and sheep which is a close to the natural behaviour of animals as you can get on a farm

  19. We leave occasional trees and bushes to mature

  20. 25% of our farm is designated space for nature by the Department of Agriculture