Archaeology and Wildlife Event
A lovely walk led by archaeologist Emily Hathaway and the Wild Hollowfields team, discovering the archaeological secrets that lie beneath our feet. As well as visiting some of the historic features of the farm, Emily, with kind permission from our neighbours, led us around the Scheduled Ancient Monument next door. On the wildlife side, children were completely engrossed when dissecting one of the farm’s barn owl pellets with Tony Barnby!
Wild About Words!
August 19th 2017
We were thrilled to have poet James Carter here at the farm for his madcap sessions. James performed some wild guitar music as well as a bunch of poems from his collections. Published by Macmillan, Bloomsbury and Walker Books, James is a well established poet and we love his performances! Brilliantly entertained, adults and children had a wonderful time.
Our cows are inside during the day at the moment and out grazing at night.
Red Kite spotted over the farm by Hattie yesterday at 3.20pm-ish. Last seen here June 29th 2016!
Birds in their own words: the Dawn Chorus
Saturday 27th May 2017
Two very hot nights, woken up by the dawn chorus I ventured outside at 4am! Below is a link to a few moments.
Hattie, six years old and I have been lucky enough to spend an afternoon with a large gathering of frogs in the grips on the farm. These prehistoric looking creatures popped above the water regularly making a ‘beep, beep’ sound which we guess translates to ‘ribbet’. We were transfixed, rooted to the spot and so fascinating was it to watch, that no other thoughts entered our heads….. almost meditation.
Red Kite spotted over the farm by Rob and Hattie on Sunday evening at about 6-ish
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Wild Pollinator Event
2nd June 2016
Photo: Gert Corfield 2016
It’s been fantastic to see the huge numbers of cowslips in our flower meadow this year! These have all grown thanks to the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust generously allowing us to take green hay for strewing from their nationally important SSSI site Eades Meadow a number of years ago. This involved a precise operation with machines and volunteers, where the green hay had to be baled, transported and strewn on our wildflower meadow within two hours. Otherwise, the hay not dried in the traditional way would have heated up making the wildflower seeds not viable. Our flower meadow was created years ago with seeds from Eades, so it was a fantastic opportunity to add to this work.
Blog post by Gert Corfield
On Saturday the 15th August the farm hosted a Butterfly walk to look for the many species of Butterflies on the farm. The intrepid explorers set off in the afternoon to see what was on the wing. The previous day saw heavy rain all day and Saturday was a bit cooler than was hoped for but temperatures rose slightly and the wind dropped which made for good conditions. Before the arrival of guests a quick tour of the best areas were explored and despite not finding them the previous two weekends a freshly emerged female Brown Hairstreak was located along the lane feeding sedately on a thistle! We hoped it would hang around for the afternoon and as it turned out she stayed on the same thistle for over two hours giving close views to all. A truly magical (and unusual for the elusive Brown Hairstreak) experience!
We then proceeded to walk the wide field margins sown with wildflower seed mixes to look for other species. The swathes of Knapweed, Bird’s-foot-trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch, Linseed, and other late summer flowers produced 14 other species of Butterfly! The final list was comprised of; Comma Green Veined White Small White Large White Meadow Brown Gatekeeper Speckled Wood Common Blue Brown Argus Small Skipper Essex Skipper Ringlet Small Tortoiseshell Small Copper The Butterflies posed well for the cameras, particularly the many Brown Argus and Common Blue. A few Silver Y Moths were also found and a couple of Roesel’s Bush Crickets – not a common sight! The afternoon was rounded off with several rounds of cake and refreshments. A successful event and testament to the success of the wildlife friendly features on the farm.