On the Farm we are engaged in a number of projects and schemes to improve and enhance our wildlife they include:
80% of all flowers are pollinated by bees: not least the all important heather, the heart of our moorland.
Our nations bee population is in massive decline and 97% of all wildflower meadows have been destroyed: so key to the health of our environment.
To aid this during the summer late summer we introduce 100 bee hives to the moorland edge. These hives between them contain a mind-boggling 5,000,000 bees!
Each bee is capable of travelling 2 miles from its hive and pollinating 1500 plants a day.
You can buy our Moorland heather honey on our website and help conserve a wonderful environment in to process!
Woodland Planting Project
During the last 5 years we have been focusing on planting trees and regenerating woodland in areas of the farm. We have managed to plant 12,000 trees which hopefully should sequester a tonne of carbon dioxide each!
These many varieties of trees are critical for creating habitats for many of the rare woodland bird species we have on the such as cuckoos and woodpeckers.
Endangered Bird Breeding Habitats
Ground-nesting birds are becoming rarer and rarer across the whole of Europe, 74% of all species are in decline opposed to 41% of all bird species. The uplands of the Yorkshire Dales is one of the best maintained breeding ground for some of the rarest ground nesting birds such as curlews, snipe, grey partridge and lapwings.
Throughout the early summer, during their breeding season, we engage in a number of schemes to preserve their nesting environments such as cutting hay into the late summer, creating a perfect environment for them to breed in the long grass.
Reeds and rushes in our higher ground are also never removed from our higher grounds, this is a chosen nesting site for curlews and provides them protection from a number of predators such as stoats and buzzards.
Wild Brown Trout Habitat
Marske Beck, our idyllic hillside brook (or beck in Yorkshire speak) is home to the most wonderful population of native brown trout. The beck plays a key part in our ecology on the farm as a hatchery for insects and source of food for our many oystercatchers and native birds.
We have been working recently on many projects to improve the health of our beck including trimming and coppicing trees to increase the light and achieve the best environment possible for insects and key prey for the Trout to breed and hatch. This process also involved building pools along the bank which provides deeper waters for protection of the trout from predators.