This month we’ve had lots of brilliant visits. E-Act Launchpad were busy farmers and enjoyed using the Jamie’s Farm cookbook to prepare some delicious dishes. ACT School Cardiff had the pleasure of welcoming our first heifer calf of 2023, named Lucy. We also welcomed back Eastern High and it was during this week that we took in the amazing views at the top of the Skirrid.
The month ended with welcoming Box Primary back to the farm for our Big Group week. 22 year 6 children and 3 visiting staff did a grand job of helping us to look after the animals and various jobs on the farm. Highlights included an afternoon of den building in the Forest of Dean and a fun-filled Farm Olympics.
Herbal ley has been cut and made into bale silage, hopefully providing super high energy food for our sheep come winter. We now only have two heifers left to calve and have had the pleasure of a rare and sought-after red heifer born.
We have been using the ‘Merlin’ app to record bird species, swallows, sparrows and house martins have returned in force. We are seeing more variation in other species this year including flycatchers, black caps and chiff chaffs. Recording these sightings helps to map the transformation that can take place with changes in farm management. We have seen Roe deer return here also, which haven’t been spotted in several years.
This month we’d like to celebrate our fabulous regular volunteers, Barbara, Ruth, Aaron, Leoni and Clare. Every week, they give their time to come and support us with our visiting group and turn their hands to various jobs that need to be done. We are very grateful of their help – diolch yn fawr iawn.