FARMING FOR WILDLIFE

Every hectare of Wild Hollowfields is farmed sympathetically to benefit wildlife and historic features under the Natural England Higher Level Stewardship Scheme. Wild bird seed mixes are sown, hedges are managed on rotation to cater for the differing requirements of species including the rare Brown Hairstreak butterfly. A wild flower meadow has been created with seeds from SSSI site Eades meadow, whilst another wet meadow of botanical interest has been allowed to naturally regenerate. Scrapes have been created for wading birds to feed and an orchard is being restored. Bird life has been recorded through the RSPB Farmer Alliance Scheme and is continuously monitored with  80 species now recorded.

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Wild flower meadow sown with seeds from SSSI site Eades Meadow

 

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Scrape creation                                                                        Photo: Gert Corfield