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Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Fingers crossed for breeding!

This is taken in one of the barns on one of the farms and we are all hoping that these Barn Owls will breed  successfully. There have been Barn Owls present on both farms for the last few years but only one chick was reared in Westhorpe last year and none at Great Ashfield although 3 were fledged from the next door farm. At this time of year they are quite prone to desert if disturbed so every care is taken not to go anywhere near where they are. At the moment the female should be sitting on eggs and I will update on their progress as the summer goes on.

For anyone who wants more on Barn owls the Suffolk Wuildlife Trust have a live link to a box on Redgrave & Lopham fen - http://ispyabarnowl.tumblr.com/ or more information is on - http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/species-and-habitats/species-projects/barn-owl-project/

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