What's happening at Coombe Wood Farm?
Farming will continue but in a nature-friendly way
More hedgerows and wildflower margins are loved by birds, insects and small mammals for food and the safety and shelter they provide.
We will be leaving fields fallow over winter which will help farmland birds to feed and use smaller numbers of grazing animals such as cows to ensure a healthy, natural environment.
Field margins will be left fallow to make space for arable plants to grow. These plants provide a great source of food for overwintering birds such as cirl bunting, linnet and yellowhammer.
The trampling and munching of cows is helping to create a rich mix of plants, grasses and wildflowers.
We will be creating an area equal to two football pitches of new linear woodland, including nature blossom and fruit rich shrub species. This will create corridors across the valley for important mammal species such as dormouse and feeding areas for bats.
Creating wildflower meadows
An area of lowland meadow habitat, equal in size to five football pitches, will be created. Packed with wildflowers, this area will support thousands of insects that love the nectar-rich flowers.
Planting more hedgerows
We'll be building field boundaries which will help connect habitats and provide important shelter for nesting birds, hibernating hedgehogs, dormice and other small mammals, as well as insects like beetles and butterflies.
Sowing crops that farmland birds feed on
We will be sowing a plot on the farm with a mix of seeds including dwarf sunflower, fodder raddish, linseed, mustard, quinoa, red millet, spring barley, spring oats, spring wheat and white mullet to provide food for farmland birds such as cirl bunting, linnet and yellowhammer.
Support for the resident barn owl population
We have installed seven new large bird boxes for barn owls, stock dove and kestrel.
We are improving gateways to make footpaths more accessible for visitors.