Woodland Walks & Wildlife

1998 was the start of the tree planting under the Mersey Forest Scheme; we planted trees for the next five years over an area totalling thirty –three acres. The trees are all native to Britain. We also incorporated permissible paths linking into existing public rights of way. Since planting, we have noticed a huge increase in bird, wildlife, wildflower and insect populations.

In 2003 we entered into The Farm Steward scheme. This is a ten year plan to help the environment and wildlife found in the farm. We planted a wildflower meadow on which we are allowed low density grazing of cattle; this creates habitats for birds. We dug out scrapes making wet areas, which Lapwings love. Nesting sites were increased by letting the hedges grow larger. Field margins around the farm’s perimeter created flight paths for bats and habitats for insects and small mammals such as voles. The over wintering of stubble fields is a valuable food source for birds. The pollen and nectar seed mix encourages butterflies, bees and other insects. The wild bird seed areas are a valuable food supply throughout the year.
Our remit was and still is to create habitats for Skylarks, Lapwings, Gray Partridge and Brown Hares which are all in serious decline. This is why we ask visitors with dogs to keep them on a lead at all times so as not to disturb the wildlife and ground nesting birds and please keep to the footpaths.