Horrie Farm – Farming with wildlife in mind.
For many years we have been participating in agri-environmental schemes on our farm. We now have three fields planted with a mix of plants producing seeds suitable for providing food for small birds in the winter. All our fields are enclosed by a 6 metre wide area of rough grassland which is left to flower and set seed. This area and the adjoining stubble fields attract insects and small birds such as twite, linnet and skylarks as well as bumble bees.
Orkney voles also make their home in the long grass and we are often rewarded by the sight of hen harriers and short eared owls hunting over the area.
Spring is a noisy time as the newly sown cereal fields are favourite nesting sites for lapwing and oyster catchers while redshanks and curlew nest in the area of managed wetland. The antics of the brown hares delight our visitors, the hares seem to have been increasing over the years.