Photography in the Countryside (Rural Photography) – Guest post by Max Therry

Exploring the countryside can bring some truly fantastic photographic opportunities. Rural settings are bursting with life, natural features and an explosion of vibrant colour. If you enjoy photography, consider heading out into the great outdoors and letting the countryside inspire you! Whilst urban landscapes and cities provide uniformity and harsh lines; the countryside can provideContinue reading “Photography in the Countryside (Rural Photography) – Guest post by Max Therry”

BTO Wetland Bird Survey January

At the end of last year I began volunteering alongside a local birder for the monthly BTO wetland bird survey. Our patch, which runs around our farm at the Naze, covers a roughly 7 mile walk around the peninsula, trekking firstly up the beach alongside the salt marsh towards Stone Point and then back toContinue reading “BTO Wetland Bird Survey January”

Countryside Stewardship field update

I promised that I would give you updates regarding progress of our higher tier countryside stewardship scheme which started a few weeks ago. It runs until December 2022 and we are receiving payment for undertaking works for conservation on the farm through Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy. The scheme consists of a rangeContinue reading “Countryside Stewardship field update”

Winter pruning of Sea Buckthorn

You might think that the summer is the busiest time of year on a farm, and you’d probably be right. However, at all times of year there is something to be done. On our Essex farm at the moment a small team is intent in our task of winter pruning sea buckthorn plants, ensuring weContinue reading “Winter pruning of Sea Buckthorn”

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Yesterday was Blue Monday, reputedly the most depressing day of the year. As you know mental health, particularly in a farming and countryside context, has been a topic that I keep returning to on thinkingcountry. It has gained a far bigger profile recently and more people seem to be talking about it than ever before,Continue reading “Seasonal Affective Disorder”