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This summer at Pierrepont…..

Activity mornings running this summer

Activity mornings running this summer

A big thank you to 8th Aldershot Scouts!

New homes for Pierrepont's birds

New homes for Pierrepont’s birds

The Countryside Restoration trust and Pierrepont Farm would like to send a big thank you to the 8th Aldershot Scout group, who between them managed to build these wonderful new bird boxes during a visit to the farm on Friday 15th July. These bird boxes will be put up in the farm’s woodland to add to the boxes already situated that the farm’s conservation volunteers maintain and regularly monitor. We hope that this project will help the scouts towards their Enviornmental Conservation activity badge.

Moth Night Results

Moth Night is a national recording scheme to study and celebrate the Moth. Organised by Atropos and Butterfly Conservation, the scheme encourages groups to record species caught in their local area over a three night period. This year it took place on the 9th-11th June.

At Pierrepont we decided to take part and put on a family event on Friday 10th June. All the moths caught in a light trap the night before were studied, identified and recorded by some very keen young volunteers, before being released.

In total, a whopping 86 individual moths were caught and were identified as being 41 different species. Some of the favourites include the Poplar Hawkmoth, Buff Tip, Lobster Moth, Scorched Wing and those photographed below.

The results will be uploaded to the scheme’s online recording system, joining other records from around the country, and a paper will be published in the Atropos Journal explaining the findings.

Thank you to all those who took part!

Pebble Hook Tip Moth

Pebble Hook Tip Moth

Black Arches Moth

Black Arches Moth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festival of farming food and wildlife title (2)

 

 

Sunday 5th June 2016

(Open Farm Sunday)

11am – 4pm

FREE ENTRY but a £1 per car fee will be charged for parking on arrival, which is being donated to Farnham Scouts who are helping us on the day.

There will be plenty to keep the family busy including:

  • A chance to see the automatic dairy and meet our newest arrivals
  • Children’s activities
  • Local food and craft stalls
  • BBQ and refreshments
  • Local award-winning ale from Frensham Brewery
  • Guided walks around the farm
  • Talks and demonstrations
  • Tractor and trailer rides

Hope to see you all there!

Spring’s first frog spawn
inspires March’s Saturday Club

On the 19th March Pierrepont’s Saturday Club met up to explore the life of Amphibians. With the frisky frogs finally starting to spawn, marking the first signs of spring, it was a great opportunity to look into the lifecycle of this amazing group of animals.

Closer look at Frog spawn

Closer look at Frog spawn

Looking at Frog spawn up close with the USB camera

Looking at Frog spawn up close with the USB camera

We had a lifecycle relay race to help the group remember the important changes Frogs go through during their lives, changing from tadpoles to adult Frogs. The children used a camera to look at Frog spawn up close, drew pictures in their notebooks and we watched a short video about the nearly extinct Panamanian Golden Frog. This initiated a discussion about the problems facing Amphibians all over the world such as habitat loss, climate change and disease, including the deadly Chytrid Fungus.

To do our bit for Britain’s own amphibians, we built two ‘Toad Hall’ houses in the farm’s woodland to provide a habitat for Pierrepont’s residents.