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10 Jul 18

The flying chequerboard is back!

Last Saturday may have hosted a certain football match, but it was also National Meadow’s Day. In partnership with Plantlife and Magnificent Meadows, we hosted a successful bug hunt safari at our meadow within the Iron Age hill fort at Devil’s Dyke. Many grasshoppers, weevils, meadow bugs, moths and butterflies were caught and examined. Notable, and lovely to see, were the emergence of our ‘flying chequered board’ the marbled white. It loves purple flowers, such as knapweed, thistle and scabious, which, inspite of the drought, are flowering in healthy numbers this year.

A marbled white butterfly nectaring on a greater knapweed flower head

03 Nov 17

The boys are back in town

We have welcomed a group of new rams to the farm who all seem to be settling in well. Their fresh blood will keep the flock healthy to make sure they can work hard at their conservation role of grazing our chalk downland. Without the help of these sheep our grasslands will become overgrown meaning we would lose many of our rare plants and insects.

A ram in a field

07 Oct 17

Ruby-red rosehips in the Victorian walled garden

After the beautiful roses of summer come the brightly-coloured hips of our ornamental rose plants here in the garden. The thorns are still there as protection – but these wonderfully nutritious rosehips help to feed our winter birds at the farm when other berries from the surrounding countryside like hawthorn and elder are in short supply.

Rosehips in the Victorian walled garden