Look What's New on the Farm
10th October 2016
Our family has lived at Hare Farm for 20 years now, so you'd think we'd seen it all by now. Not at all...
Our aim to balance a sustainable farming enterprise with a growing bio-diversity appears to be paying off, as we find more and more flora and fauna make an appearance on the farm.
Our two latest discoveries have been a native crayfish and also hop bines.
Similar to the plight of the red squirrel, the White-Clawed crayfish's survival is being threatened by foreign invaders. This fantastic freshwater invertebrate is very rare and its numbers are declining due to impacts from introduced crayfish species such as the North American Signal crayfish and also from damage made to river and stream habitats.
Last week we were clearing out parts of the River Brede which cuts the farm in two, and were overjoyed to see that a native crayfish lives here. Here he (or she) is...
Over the past many years, we have been strengthening our hedgerows by putting fencing up on either side. This stops the sheep getting too close, and allows the plantlife and wildlife to thrive. Lo and behold, rogue hop bines have started to emerge. The first sighting has been in Vidlers field, one of the original hop gardens at Hare Farm. The farm stopped growing hops in 1970, and it's so good to see the legacy lives on, be it just in the hedgerows.
So the list of nature to be spotted on the farm continues to grow. Take a look at recent nature sightings below. It's a long list now, and so when staying in the holiday house at the Oast or when glamping in the shepherd's hut, be ready for a feast for the senses.
Birds to be spotted at Hare Farm
- Large flocks of goldfinches and long tailed tits around the house
- A pair of pink footed geese grazing in the hut and oast fields
- About 40 Canada geese on the pond
- Approx 30 wild ducks on the pond
- Pairs of swans
- 1 Egret
- Sparrow hawk
- Little owls
- Barn owls
- Tawny owl
- Green woodpecker
- House martens
Wild animals to be spotted at Hare Farm
- Long eared bats
- Pipistrelle bats
- Wood mouse - on the drive this morning!
- Wild boar family!
Insects and Reptiles at Hare Farm
- Marsh frogs
- Grass snakes
- Elephant Hawk moth
- Hummingbird Hawk moth
- Dragon flies
- Damsel flies