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.
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 11 years after the original 10 years in CSS – and hope to continue therein.
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.
In the Winter months there is less vegetation so the chance of seeing deer is at its highest – we regularly see Fallow deer on our walks. We have seen both Fallow and Roe deer here at Spring Farm.
In Spring, the farm comes alive and you may see bluebells in our ancient woodlands and wild orchids flowering in our wildflower meadows to name but two. The bird life is particularly active with buzzards calling regularly above the farm.
In Summer, we are blessed with large numbers of swallows in our barns. We also have house martins and in 2020, we installed swift boxes and will be thrilled to see them too. The female deer give birth and you may see deer fawns in the wildflower meadows.
In Autumn, the leaves start to change and put on a magnificent display with a russet and brown palette – we are next to Sheffield Park Gardens as well.
Depending on the season, you may be fortunate to see any of the following: