Date(s) - 28/05/2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Tuesday – Yes, it’s that time of year again. Half-term, I mean.
Also: To ensure the farm complies with the Higher Level Stewardship scheme (see below) we pull out dock plants from a few fields each year, to keep their density low. We don’t eradicate them as they are the food plant for the Green Dock Beetle (see even further below), amongst other invertebrates and the heavy seeds the plants produce are a good source of food for overwintering birds.
For the same reason we also ‘top’ thistles to reduce the amount of seed that is spread. Again, we won’t be getting rid of the lot as a third of the diet of a Goldfinch (by now, you know where to look) can be made up of thistle seed. Also, many insects take nectar from the flowers.
The aim of Higher Level Stewardship is for farmers to undertake environmental management schemes which offer “significant benefits” to high-priority areas. Its primary objectives are Wildlife conservation, Maintenance and enhancement of landscape quality and character, Natural resource protection, Protection of the historic environment and Promotion of public access and understanding of the countryside