Farmland birds at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The ranger team setting up bird feeders around the estate

The Ranger team is making an effort to increase the numbers of farmland birds on the estate which face a drastic decline nationwide.

By providing supplementary feeders during the “Hungry Gap” between January and April species such as Linnet, Yellowhammer and Tree Sparrows, to name just a few, have access to an invaluable source of energy, particularly during the recent snowfall and in time for the breeding season. These vulnerable species need to eat every day to survive, but their field habitats are vanishing owing to the planting of winter crops and a rapid decline in farmland wildflowers.

Other conservation efforts around the 460 acre estate have included working with our tenant farmer to re-establish hedgerows to provide food and nesting habitat as well as sowing field margins with a food source of spring wheat, linseed, kale and quinoa to increase breeding success. Sissinghurst is proud to be part of the Trust’s ambitious “Land, Outdoors and Nature” strategy which aims to create or restore 25,000 hectares of priority habitats for wildlife by 2025.