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”

Do you have 2 minutes?

I know it’s Christmas and (assuming you celebrate Christmas) you’re probably, quite rightly, spending your time having a great time with family and friends, giving and receiving gifts and generally being merry. However, please give a thought to the amount of plastic you are generating at the same time. Since Blue Planet 2 I haveContinue reading “Do you have 2 minutes?”

Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!

It was with great relief when I opened the envelope from Natural England and read that the farm’s application for a new higher tier countryside stewardship scheme has been successful. It will begin in January next year and go through until December 2022. For our farm, conservation management is not only important for the wildlifeContinue reading “Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!”

Today is World Soil Day

It’s that time of year again when everyone should join in soilidarity (I’m ashamed that I can’t take the credit for this pun – I’ve seen it on twitter a hundred times or more already today) to celebrate soils and raise awareness of their plight. Yes, it’s ‘world soil day’! The changing nature of our soils isContinue reading “Today is World Soil Day”