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Summer holiday
activity mornings at Pierrepont Farm

We are running FREE activity mornings on three Thursdays in August:

Thursday 14th AugustWildlife safari
Animal tracks and signs, minibeasts and pond creatures.

Thursday 21st AugustWoodland crafts
Make some artwork using natural objects from the woodland.

Thursday 28th AugustNight time neighbours
Empty moth and mammal traps to get a glimpse of those secretive animals we rarely see.

Each activity morning will run from 10am to 12.30pm.

Each activity morning will include the chance to see the dairy and watch our Jersey cows milking themselves!

Booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email the farm’s Education Officer, Annika Rees, at: annikar@countrysiderestorationtrust.com. Please also use this email address for any queries regarding the activity mornings.

Please note Children must be accompanied by an adult (or two, if you wish) throughout each event. Bring drinks and wellies!

If you want to bring a packed lunch and have a picnic at the farm afterwards, please do!

Pierrepont Farm is located off The Reeds Road, Frensham GU10 3BP, between the Frensham Garden Centre and the Rural Life Centre. (On the same side as, and closer to, the garden centre.)

Sign by the side of the road, marking the farm turn-off.

Look out for this sign which marks the turn-off for the farm. If you are coming from Tilford, it is on the left of the road, after the Rural Life Centre and about 100 metres before the garden centre. If you are coming from Millbridge, it’s on the right of the road, about 100 metres after the garden centre’s gates.

NB this post is “sticky” and will stay at the head of this column of blog posts until the day after the last activity morning (longer, if the webmaster forgets to take it down). Please scroll down to see later posts.

Spring was a little late this year

by Rod Kebble

Apologies to all for the late arrival of the results of our Spring bird survey by transects.

The figures have at last flown into view and may be inspected here. (Link takes you to results for the first transect.)

The mildness of last winter was reflected in the numbers of small birds (blue its, great tits and wrens) that survived the season — as did good numbers of overwintering blackcaps.

There were fewer great spotted woodpeckers and they were outnumbered by green woodpeckers. Those swallows and house martins seen were recent arrivals — in the case of the swallows, probably only showing up on the day of the survey.

Jumping Jellybean!

by Rod Kebble

Discovery Miles' Jellybean and her proud handler (and owner), Zo&235; Clear, winning the Maiden Heifer class at the National Dairy Show. A maiden heifer is a calf up to 15 months that is not in calf.

Discovery Miles’ Jellybean and her proud handler (and owner), Zoë Clear, winning the Maiden Heifer class at the National Dairy Show. A maiden heifer is a calf up to 15 months that is not in calf.

Despite being three months younger than any of the other contestants, Pierrepont’s Discovery Miles’ Jellybean came first in the Maiden Heifer class at the National Dairy Show, part of the Livestock Event held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, on 2nd and 3rd July.

Jellybean was also the Reserve Champion in the Heifer Championship.

Pierrepont’s results from the show appear in the table below. (“Pierrepont” and “Discovery” prefixes both denote Pierrepont herds.)

Class Position Competitor
Class 1 — Maiden heifer class of 4 calves) 1st Discovery Miles’ Jellybean
Class 2 — In-calf heifer (class of 5 heifers) 4th Pierrepont Governor’s Sambuca
Class 3 — Heifer in milk (class of 10 heifers) 6th Pierrepont Bob’s Truffle
9th Discovery Lirsk’s Topaz
Class 4 — Cow in 2nd lactation (class of 5 cows) 2nd Discovery Fantom’s Jenny
Class 5 — Cow in 3rd or 4th lactation (class of 5 cows) 4th Pierrepont Perfecter’s Money Penny

A cow in its 2nd lactation has had two calves and a cow in its 3rd or 4th lactation has had 3 or 4 calves. Like Jellybean, Discovery Fantom’s Jenny is owned by Zoë Clear.

Pierrepont birds: Summer species survey

by Rod Kebble

Tada! No sooner do we say that the Summer 2014 Pierrepont Farm bird species survey results will be published, than here they are (though we’re still looking for the Spring results — a thieving magpie must have taken them).

The number of birds seen is down a bit on the previous five years’ totals and within 0.50 of a bird (not sure if that’s a wren-sized or a swan-sized bird) of the average over the past eight years — but the number of species seen during the June surveys is now 54.

Summer 2014 Pierrepont bird survey by transects

by Rod Kebble

This year’s summer survey by transects of the Pierrepont Farm bird population has now been published (link takes you to the results for Transect 1).

Unfortunately, we’ve noticed that the survey for spring 2014 has yet to be published and it will appear soon.

Also appearing soon is the summer species list of birds at Pierrepont.

The summer survey is marked by an abundance of wrens, house martins being back in force, the highest-ever numbers of crows and jackdaws recorded in June and the first sighting of a little egret in a June survey.

Pierrepont packs podium at Surrey Show

by Rod Kebble

Discovery Miles' Jellybean stuck her head out of the tent to check on the weather.

Discovery Miles’ Jellybean sticks her head out of the tent — she probably wanted to know if it had stopped raining…

The clouds that dumped so much rain upon the Surrey County Show in Guildford on Spring Bank Holiday (26th May), held a silver lining for the Clear family and their livestock.

Pierrepont calves took the first three of six places in the Calf Class, and first and second in the Production Class.

The full results are shown in the table below.

The final line-up for the Calf class: Discovery Miles' Jellybean, Pierrepont Miles' Echo and Discovery Bob's California.

The final line-up for the Calf class. Left to right: Discovery Miles’ Jellybean, Pierrepont Miles’ Echo and Discovery Bob’s California.

This table shows the results at the Surrey County Show at Stoke Park, Guildford, on Monday May 26th 2014. “Pierrepont” and “Discovery” prefixes both denote Pierrepont herds.

Class Position Competitor
Calf (class of 6 calves) 1st Discovery Miles’ Jellybean (owned by Zoë Clear)
2nd Pierrepont Miles’ Echo
3rd Discovery Bob’s California
Heifer in Milk (class of 6 heifers) 2nd Pierrepont Bob’s Truffle
3rd Discovery Lirsk’s Topaz
4th Pierrepont Iatola’s Kiora
5th Discovery Moment’s Heidi
Cow in 2nd lactation (class of 3 cows) 2nd Discovery Fantom’s Jenny (owned by Zoë Clear)
Cow in 3rd or subsequent lactation
(class of 6 cows)
2nd Pierrepont Perfecter’s Money Penny
3rd Pierrepont Ernie’s Eden
Production Class (class of 4 cows) 1st Pierrepont Perfecter’s Money Penny
2nd Pierrepont Ernie’s Eden
Junior Young Handlers 1st dairy, 4th overall Katie Brindle and Discovery Miles’ Jellybean
Intermediate Young Handlers 2nd dairy, 3rd overall Zoë Clear and Pierrepont Miles’ Echo

Bev Clear leads Discovery Lirsk's Topaz into the show ring for the Heifer in Milk class.

Bev Clear leads Discovery Lirsk’s Topaz into the show ring for the Heifer in Milk class.



The line-up for the Heifer in Milk class. First place was taken by Barnowl Action's Vikki, owned by Mr Charles Reader.

The line-up for the Heifer in Milk class. First place was taken by Barnowl Action’s Vikki, owned by Mr Charles Reader.

Next time The Clears take their calves and cows to The Livestock Event at the NEC in Birmingham. (Results to follow once Bev finds on which computer she’s stored the photos…)