Blackthorn Blog

31/03/2009 - Conservation award nomination

We have been nominated for the Tye award for conservation by our branch of FWAG (Farm wildlife advisory group) three farms from each of the five northern areas of FWAG are nominated then one farm from each area is choosen to go through to the final. The winners being announced at The Great Yorkshire Show so fingers crossed.

We have had a busy time on the nature front over the last couple of weeks, to begin with stone chats have been seen on the farm for the first time then we had seven Whooper swans on the pond, then we found a tawny owl pellet in the stock barn, usually we have a little owl in there at this time of year, then finally on the bird front there was a shelduck on the farm pond. On the mammal front we have harvest mice in one of our fields which is exciting because they wern't thought to be in this area and to finish there are otter spraints and prints in the stells around the farm and it looks like there may be a cub travelling with its mother by the size of the tracks.

The last lodge is very nearly complete I have two bathrooms to fit and it wil be finished, just as well because lambing is starting. One ewe lambed on Monday and our theoretical start date is Thursday so I've been up since four o'clock this morning to keep an eye on them and Rita now has the late shift checking them for the final time about midnight.

 

 

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Mike and Rita Corrigan, Blackthorn Gate, Eastfields Farm, Nunthorpe, Nr Stokesley, North Yorkshire TS7 0PB
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