Church Farm Ardeley 

It is important to us to farm in a way that enhances the beauty of the countryside and the conservation of wildlife. We have 5 badger sets on the farm as well as barn owls & red kites living next door. Furthermore, last spring, a group of ornithologists spotted over 30 different species in a morning. For five years in a row now the grey partridges have successfully bred and the local wildfowl population is booming.

 

The idea of an ecological approach to farming is to have intimate diversity of all species. We hosted two bat walks this year as the farm is alive with bats at night. All of this is down to providing hedges, beetle banks, new woodlands, wildflower mixes, pollen and wild bird seed strips.

 

Three woods planted in 1999, and two in 2003 cover 15 acres and consist of oak, ash, field maple and wild cherry as well as shrubs and a few spruce, larch and juniper.

 

Birds Spotted in a 3 hour walk recently included

 

1.      Song Thrush

2.      Green Woodpecker

3.      Willow Warbler

4.      Robin

5.      Blackbird

6.      Jackdaw

7.      Collared Dove

8.      Carrion Crow

9.      Wood Pigeon

10.     Red Legged Partridge

11.     Rook

12.     Pheasant

13.     Blackcap

14.     Chiffchaff

15.     Whitethroat

16.     Chaffinch

17.     Blue Tit

18.     Herring Gull

19.     Canada Goose

20.     Grey Heron

21.     Mallard

22.     Moorhen

23.     Magpie

24.     Swallow

25.     Wren

26.     Great Tit

27.     Coal Tit

28.     Skylark

29.     Starling

30.     Pied Wagtail

31.     Linnet

32.     Great Spotted Woodpecker

33.     Dunnock

34.     Jay

35.     House Sparrow

36.     Greenfinch