Organised activities

Hatching projects in collaboration with Egg Seeds  http://eggseeds.com/hatching.php

Camping

Talks

educational ‘farm days’

tree planting days,

Farm tours are available on request.

The farm also boasts over 300 species of amphibians, birds, insects, various worms and molluscs, flowering plants, bryophytes and fungi

Activities can included Animal Husbandry:- Birds looking at and after new born chicks, collecting Eggs from Ducks, Chickens and Geese, incubation, feeding and mucking out.

Looking after and finding out about a variety of small mammals, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets, Rats.

Looking after and finding out about large farm animals, Pigs, Cows and Calves

Environmental Education:- Woodland:- Tree Planting, Over the years the farm has attracted over 200 people to take part in tree planting days, trees are supplied from various sources, seeds collected locally are harvested and grown, trees donated by The Woodland trust and Forestry Commission, and some bought in. There is an emphasis on locally sourced trees, but natives from other provenances are also planted along with a variety of exotics which are being used as nursery trees and as a quick growing ‘cash crop’ for fast harvesting and use in our other activities.

Collecting wood (fallen and harvesting green wood) for lighting fires and cooking, whittling, green woodworking, looking at, and taking part in management of a semi-natural ancient woodland.

Looking at, and planting hedging as a wind-break, source of animal feed and wood, for woodworking and as a source of fuel.

Ponds and streams:- looking at various ponds from a duck-pond, to pond dipping a wildlife pond, looking at water courses (including the use of a spring as a source of potable water for the farm, and the animals on it) and bogs.

Looking at various types of upland land management; including naturally restored meadow, acid bogs, and acid grassland and heath. 

In addition to ‘normal’ camping activities the following workshop options are available to anyone wishing to take part:- Land management of sensitive habitats (the farm we will be using, whilst not designated as an SSSI is managed as such, in consultation with Welsh Natural Resources) includes unimproved upland grassland meadow, bog, woodland, hedging, and is the home to a wide variety of wildlife including endangered, threatened or vulnerable species or plants and animals.

The farm owner will give on site tours and identification workshops and discuss and demonstrate sensitive management. Woodland: we shall be looking at a variety of woodland management techniques, including commercial forestry, and management of a semi-natural ancient deciduous woodland, we shall look at management, trees; identification, uses (timber/wood/fruit), ecology, regeneration both natural regeneration and planting. Green woodworking; identifying and selecting wood, working with both green and seasoned wood, using hand wood-working tools we will all be making a variety of items including, bird boxes, hedgehog boxes, bat boxes, simple brooms, knives, spoons and wooden stools. Farm birds, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys including feeding, cleaning, care, laying and incubating eggs, hatching expectations, mating behaviour and stock integration. Fires; including lighting a fire, cooking outdoors, preparing simple meals, hygiene and putting out a fire safely. We will also look at the impact of fires on upland ecosystems (including using fire as a means of land management) and reduction of fire risk. Building with wood; dens using naturally fallen wood, building more formal wooden structures/shelters. An introduction to the apiary; interested children and parents will be able to learn about bees, smoke, feeding, and queens as well as swarms (when available) dividing and building colonies. Insects; understanding which ones have a negative impact and those that have a positive impact and how they all fit together to maintain the balance of the eco system. Reptiles; will be looked at with themes around identification (in particular identifying the British adder) and staying safe. Pond dipping; including identifying amphibians, life cycles and stages of development. Heathland; cultivation, encouraging wild life and the benefits and design of dry-stone walling versus hedge boundaries and how each is used. Following on from this Families returning to city life will continue working together on various projects each week using the knowledge and skills gained at camp to further their learning, and skills, for example, identifying the best places to locate bird/bat/hedgehog boxes, build bug hotels to encourage diversity of wildlife and encourage wildlife into city gardens. The green wood working will continue each week at our indoor meet up throughout the year and for the foreseeable future, with regular visits back to the farm and woodland for seasonal visits and other workshops, for example tree planting, coppicing, hedge-laying, dry stone walling.