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We have moved from conventional farming to organic, so you will see a few weeds and thistles on your walk about! We are in a conservation scheme to encourage ground nesting birds and other wildlife on parts of the farm.
Over the years we have planted over 20,000 trees, both native hardwoods and softwoods. We have also planted trees and bushes around two of the ponds we have on the farm. All the woods are being managed with conservation and timber production in mind. A number of the ditches and burns have been fenced off from the livestock to improve the water quality that leads into the Jed Water.
We have erected nest boxes around the farm for tits, robins and other small birds. We have also erected some barn owl boxes too and are very excited to have a number of different owls on the farm.
We are sure we have many more small birds at the Bairnkine since becoming organic. The RSPB have surveyed the farm and have listed 45 species, 23 of which are birds of conservation concern.
Walking on the farm you will see buzzards, deer, badgers or at least their tracks and much more wildlife. There are always lots of sheep and we also buy in cattle to fatten so you will perhaps hear and see the cattle too.
We encourage our visitors to enjoy the farm and take a walk (although access is restricted at lambing time). We do ask that dogs are kept on leads. Matt or Lucy can give you a tour too, just ask Lucy.
Matt and Lucy with daughter Rosie.