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!!

So much space – celebrating Spring!

So much space – celebrating Spring!

Space

There’s just so much space here at Ellenden Farm Camping in East Kent.  Our site was full over the Easter break and when I say full, the three shacks were occupied!  The Easter weekend coincided with the arrivals of the bluebells in our wood – a truly wonderful site to behold.

Three shacks in a ten acre field, really how much space do you need?

In a ten acre field surrounded by 200 acres of woodland full of bluebells and emerging wildlife, things can be tough doing nothing. Off grid, nothing to do but walk, talk, eat, drink, and sit around a fire and sleep under the stars.

Reasons to be cheerful

Camping is a healthy pastime!

A good night’s sleep is needed to keep your body functioning correctly – it reduces inflammation and improves the sleep cycle. Did you know that this is because you are in natural sunlight not artificial lights and that the light from the camp fire increases your levels of melatonin the chemical made to regulate sleep?

Time for yourself, time to get off-grid

Looking After our Countryside

Looking After our Countryside

We are working with Natural England to protect our ancient woodlands, its wildlife and flora and part of this means clearing litter thrown from cars and left by walkers in the woods. We are an all-consuming and destructive species with little respect for our environment so we need to make people aware that we are guardians of this planet.

It’s great to see that Whitstable has been named first plastic-free town in Kent. Read more HERE

At Ellenden Farm, we are a ten minute cycle ride away from the beautiful coastal town of Whitstable which is full of bars and restaurants. You can now enjoy a walk in our clean woods, followed by a swim on a clean beach. It’s good to be clean!