New Farm Organics – The Environment

Our farm, which lies deep in the west fen, has been a wildlife haven for many years. Its old tall wide hedges provide shelter, food and nesting places for many varieties of birds. Some time ago with the help of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme we created scrapes in one of the new pastures which we had taken out of arable production. These scrapes provide shallow water for wading birds and their chicks. Three strips of wild bird cover give food and shelter and feeding stations are placed around the farm to provide extra winter food.

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We work in conjunction with a local bee keeper who puts his hives around our farm. Our rotations, in accordance with organic standards, ensure that the bees have an adequate supply of pollen.

Roe and fallow deer can be seen usually early morning or at dusk along with muntjac, hares and the occasional fox. The Lincolnshire Owl Trust has erected nesting boxes and they visit to check chicks in the spring time. All chicks are ringed and this year a new female which had arrived and produced young, was also ringed. It is good to know that there are water voles on the farm along with what seems thousands of frogs and toads. Marsh harriers, buzzards, and other birds of prey are seen hunting over the recently purchased 30 acres of woodland which lies adjacent to our land. This woodland is a valuable addition to our ongoing conservation project.