Farm launches new nature conservation events

Would you like to join the wildlife projects at an organic, eco-friendly farm? Sheepdrove Organic Farm is now planning a calendar of nature conservation ‘task days’ for volunteers who would like to help  manage and monitor the natural heritage of the beautiful Lambourn Downs, on the border of Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

The new conservation volunteer group will meet on selected Mondays.

As a nature conservation volunteer you’ll be able to enjoy an outdoor experience in a very special area of the English countryside. Sheepdrove Organic Farm is blessed with small pockets of ancient woodland and chalk grassland, on a farm converted to organic by Peter and Juliet Kindersley who bought the land in the 1990s.

Cowslips on Bockhampton Down (click to enlarge)Peter and Juliet share a passion for Nature. So biodiversity is a cornerstone of the working farm, and much has been done to create and enhance habitats for wildlife. Vast lengths of new hedges now span the land, linking new and old woodland. Water sparkles in ponds and reedbeds. Wild flowers abound on Bockhampton Down.

If you are interested in joining in with this story of a farm working with Nature – not against it – please get in touch. Here are the details of the first session…

Mon 22 Feb
Bird and Bat Box installation
(10am-3pm)

The race is on to get dozens of new boxes up in time for the breeding season! Please join us at the farm for our very first volunteer day. (If it rains, the plan is to shelter in a barn and make even more boxes!). Meet: The farm office, at the front of Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre, Sheepdrove Road, Lambourn, Berkshire. Directions and map here… (link). What to bring: Please bring a packed lunch – we will picnic on the farm! Wear sensible shoes or boots – wellies are good on a farm! Bring clothes to suit any weather. Contact: Jason Ball 01488 674727. Email: jason.ball@sheepdrove.com

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