Falconry and sheepdog displays at Mortehoe
For the past twenty-seven years, David and his wife Debbie have farmed the North Devon coastline at Borough Farm, Mortehoe, keeping 600 breeding ewes and 50 head of cattle. Part of their farm is the Morte Point peninsular, rented from the National Trust. In the summer, he runs a busy programme of events for the public, including his famous sheepdog and falconry displays.
Morte Point is a challenging environment. Its poor coastal grazing is ravaged by winter storms and during the summer months tens of thousands of visitors walk through this amazing landscape. So David’s farming is a balance between the needs of the walkers and the needs of his animals, while working with the National Trust to graze in a way that contributes to the wildlife and landscape.
At a practical level farming sheep on such a rugged piece of land wouldn’t be possible without a team of capable sheepdogs, and it is through his sheepdogs that David has found an income to support the farming.
Inspired by this amazing landscape and with help from the National Trust, David has diversified his farming business over the past 20 years. Firstly through books and films about sheepdogs and farming, David then created the popular children’s TV series ‘Mist – Sheepdog Tales’ for Channel Five.
For the past twenty years David and his family have hosted sheepdog and falconry shows at their home, Borough Farm, every Wednesday evening throughout the summer. Over the last few years a children’s farmyard show has been added on a Tuesday morning, and on Thursday evenings David’s shepherding walks are a chance to see the dogs at work on Morte point and to hear first-hand from David about the trials and tribulations of shepherding life in this unique and beautiful corner of North Devon.
Please check back later in the year for Borough Farm's summer 2019 programme dates and times.