Wildlife

Here at Spring Farm, we are very fortunate to be surrounded by 110 acres of our own fields within the High Weald AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). We have lived at Spring Farm since 1997 and in that time, we have always farmed in a wildlife sensitive way.

Baby deer seen whilst walking alpacas at Spring Farm

Deer fawn in our top hay field

We have been fortunate to have been within the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) from our very early days. We joined initially in 2000. This gave way to Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) and we have been enrolled within HLS for 9 years after the original 10 years in CSS – and hope to continue therein.

Duck sitting on eggs

Female duck brooding on eggs sitting on our muck heap!

As a result of our enthusiastic support for British wildlife, we do not use fertilisers or pesticides and the farm is blessed with a patchwork quilt of wild flower meadows, stands of trees, ancient woodland and ponds.

If you come to Spring Farm to walk our alpacas you may be lucky enough to see a whole host of British wildlife and we will do our best to point out what we see and answer any questions you may have about the wildlife and the way we farm here. Please feel free to ask away whilst you are with us.

Frog spawn in pond

Frog spawn seen in pond at bottom of our hay field (in the pond!)

In the Winter months there is less vegetation so the chance of seeing deer is at its highest – we have both Fallow and Roe deer seen here.

In Spring, the farm comes alive and you may see bluebells and wild orchids flowering to name but two.

In Summer, baby birds are fledging and you may see deer fawns in the wild flower meadows.

In Autumn, the leaves start to change and put on a display for russet and brown – we are next to Sheffield Park Gardens as well.

Depending on the season, you may be fortunate to see any of the following: