Early summer seems like a holiday compared to autumn. Autumn is the big rush before winter. Hopefully we will have finished harvesting and will be making good progress with planting. I enjoy the fresher mornings in the autumn with mist in the valleys often turning into glorious days. The cooler nights help too, much nicer for sleeping! In autumn it’s not just us that are battling against time, it’s also very busy for the wildlife on the farm. My daughter and I enjoy watching them prepare for winter hibernation as several species start to group together for protection. A winter of hibernation sounds pretty ideal doesn’t it?
Sherborne Park: Life at Home Farm
The Limbrick family have farmed on the Sherborne Park Estate for 70 years. Jolyon Limbrick currently helps manage Home Farm with his father Roy. The 33-year-old father-of-one is passionate about the Cotswold countryside – but honest about the hard work that goes into farming the historic estate.
In the heart of the Cotswolds, you might recgonise the Sherborne Park Estate as home to BBC's Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch this year. The BBC have chosen the estate due to the wide diversity of wildlife found here, as well as the expertise of our rangers, tenant farmers and local partners.
Follow Jolyon as he blogs about daily life at Home Farm, his favourite wildlife on the estate and how he is preparing for the rest of the year.
24 Aug 17
Looking forward to autumn
15 Aug 17
Late summer wildlife
Wildlife starts to show itself again on the farm at this time of year. Being lucky enough to spend long days out in the fields, you get to see a lot of wildlife that tends to be elusive in the early summer. Red kites and buzzards making use of the recently exposed fields, roe deer and their young, pheasants and their newly hatched chicks and barn and little owls hunting, to list just a few I’ve seen so far. I think the little owl has to be my favourite, certainly at this time of year. They have this mischievous look about them. Sometimes I find myself being watched by one from a tree while I travel up and down the fields in the combine.
01 Aug 17
August on the farm
August has come around quickly this year. It's by far one of the busiest months for us at Home Farm. We are primed for the season ahead with machinery all serviced, ready to get the harvest into full swing. Rather than basking in the temperamental sunshine, we find ourselves desperately trying to harvest a little here and there in the dry patches. You might not believe it, but the weather is always a worry on a working farm. Having tended to the crops for the best part of a year, everything now relies on Mother Nature allowing us to gather them. In-between days on the combine, we are finalising plans for the crops we will plant for next harvest. Some of these will need to be planted before we have even finished work for this year.