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Twelve Days of Christmas minus the Turtle Doves!

Twelve Days of Christmas minus the Turtle Doves!

Bah Humbug… ‘The twelve days of Christmas’ without the turtle doves?  Not on our watch!

Turtle Dove numbers have declined in the UK by 93% since 1994 and with similar figures in Europe

As of next year, we will start working with RSPB to create the perfect habitat for this shrinking population.  We are putting in watering holes, keeping the hedgerows wild and ensuring they have the correct food. We will also be putting in a viewing shed so you can enjoy these rare visitors close up.  Very exciting!

Calm on the Farm

Calm on the Farm

It’s always sad when the season is over but we had amazing time and interesting guests from all walks of life who loved their time here on the farm just doing nothing. We’re looking forward to next year and seeing our regulars return. We will be opening up in May 2020 in time for the bluebells so if you fancy an early camp please let us know.

This year we have extended our conservation work by working with the RSPB to encourage the return of Turtle doves by recreating a suitable habitat for them. We have also put in more acres of wild bird seed mix around our fields to provide feed for the sparrows, finches and other birds. By returning the fields to English meadows we have had an increase in moths and butterfly numbers.

When you stay here you will be amongst all this wonderful nature to soothe the mind and the soul.

Come and be part of it next year!

Buzzing in the Summer

Buzzing in the Summer

We’ve just a had a snapshot survey done on how the bees were doing on the farm since we planted a large clover crop and the good news is that there are hundreds of bumblebees and other pollinating insects – which is what we want. Here’s the rare shrill carder bee working hard in the field.

They are also large spiders who have built their webs in tall vegetation and usually catch grasshoppers in their very strong webs. They are amazing creatures. This is only the start of the conservation work we are doing here. Our next project is working with the RSPB to give safe habitat to the endangered Turtle Doves.

If you want to be a part of the project why not come and glamp in the middle of it all and see how our hard work is going.

Looking after the birds

Looking after the birds

A busy June on the farm and with the glamping.  We had amazing people staying who just loved it, chilling in a field full of tall grass and watching the barn owls patrolling in the evening sun.

Good news on the bird front.  We are now working with the RSPB in bringing back habitat for certain declining birds, the RSPB are currently doing number and type surveys and I will keep you posted on the results.

I did approach our local University in trying to get young conservationists involved from the start of this conservation project but apparently, they are more interested in saving exotic animals in warmer countries.  A worthwhile cause but shame on you, our conservation needs to start here at home in the gardens, woodland and fields!

Buzzing Around

Buzzing Around

As you know as of next year the farm is going down to conservation and as we are working closely with The Bumblebee Conservation Trust I wanted to share this cute picture and some useless information with you all.

“Did you know that bees sleep between five and eight hours a day, sometimes in flowers? Also, they like to sleep with other bees and hold each other’s feet! That’s not only super cool but very sweet”

If you want to enjoy the beginning of a conservation project we have added to extra bell tents for you to stay in … you too can also sleep curled up holding your partner’s feet!

 

Bank Holiday here at Ellenden Farm

Bank Holiday here at Ellenden Farm

Had an amazing bank holiday at the campsite, it’s so nice when people book and arrive who just’ get it’. The campers over the weekend were laid back and just chilled enjoyed the scenery but also rode the crab and winkle way on their bikes. They loved it. We also checked out the wonder Oyster company and  had amazing food and outstanding service, if you have not been here you need to!!

 The atmosphere is buzzing but laid back, the waitress are  helpful and make the whole experience enjoyable, the food is divine it is an experience not to be missed. It is best to book!!