A recent highlight at Denmark Farm was the sighting of a kingfisher from the lakeside hide. At this time of year, juveniles are looking for territories of their own and can often turn up in gardens and local ponds in the hope of a quick snack. The lakeside hide provides an excellent viewing point, with the entrance to the hide concealed … Continue reading Season’s Tweetings!
Autumn is a great time of year for a walk, and the colours in mid-Wales are at their best at the moment. If you’re looking for new areas to explore, a walks booklet has just been launched by the local community of Cilcennin, funded through our Big Lottery-funded ‘Wildlife Where you Live’ (WWYL) project: “4 walks” trail leaflet, launched this … Continue reading Discover “4 walks” this autumn
The philosophy for the management of our 40 acre site at Denmark Farm has always been minimal intervention, and a holistic approach. This means that rather than managing the land for a particular species, we encourage a diverse mosaic of habitats – including woodland, marshland, grassland and ponds – and then sit back and see what turns up! To identify some of the species which choose … Continue reading A Tale of Two Mice (and other monitoring projects)
A recent article written by By George Monbiot, and published in the Guardian states that “A week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom.” It continues “What is the best way to knacker a child’s education? Force him or her to spend too long in the classroom. …An overview of research into … Continue reading Helping to ‘Rewild the Child’
The recent warm weather has resulted in huge numbers of visitors to our late-flowering plants. We had more than 50 small tortoiseshell butterflies on one sedum (ice plant) in the courtyard beds last week. Small tortoiseshell butterflies on sedum (Denmark Farm) According to the results of this year’s Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count, the long spells of warm sunny weather … Continue reading Late Summer Spectacular!