Swaledales and local wild deer

Big Fernyford Farm, Reapsmoor, Longnor, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0NA | T : 01298 83422 | E : farm@fernyford.co.uk

The Environment at Fernyford

The Land

We work really hard to look after and improve the ecological aspects of the farm. The farm's landscape character is enhanced with traditional stone walls and preserved historical features. We use non-intensive methods to rear Swaledale Sheep and Belted Galloway cattle. We've planted new hedges, made new scrape ponds. We like to see wildlife thrive, working with Natural England and The National Park Authority to create wildflower-rich meadows (with hey rattle, oxeye daises, buttercups) and habitats for upland birds such as lapwing, curlew and snipe.

Much of the farm is part of the Leek Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is all currently managed within a South West Peak Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) agreement. Environmental management schemes ensure that our land is maintained in good agricultural and environmental condition, providing improved conditions for farmland wildlife and improvements to water quality and reductions in soil erosion.

The farm was awarded the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark in recognition of its conservation management. Our environmental messages run throughout the work we do.

Birds

This area is justifiably famous for bird-watching. For those unfamiliar with the area, the Staffordshire Moorlands present a wonderfully varied habitat for not only Curlews or Snipes, but other endangered birds such as the Lapwing.

Other Wildlife

You can find a range of flora including orchid and bluebells and encounter native British fauna: badger and fox at Fernyford.

Along with bats that roost here and in nearby properties, we have wild deer visiting us on a regular basis.

Environment

See more photographs in the "Galleries" section.

Big Fernyford Farm, Reapsmoor, Longnor, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0NA | T : 01298 83422 | E : farm@fernyford.co.uk

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