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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.

No need to forage for beer, Forager’s here!

by Rod Kebble

The Frensham Brewery — which is housed in the former milking parlour made redundant when the new dairy opened in 2011 — is holding its first brewery ‘open to buy direct’ weekend on Pierrepont Farm this weekend from 1st – 3rd August, 12-6pm daily.

There will be some live acoustic music playing on the Saturday and the brewery’s barn owl mascot will be present for children to stroke on the Sunday.

Come and join brewers Emily and Miles Stephens for a fresh pint of Frensham Forager and take away a 2 pinter for later.

Acces is only via foot, bike or horse, a 5 minute walk from Frensham Little Pond car park over Tankersford Bridge or a 10-15 minute walk from the Frensham Garden Centre. Please stick to the footpaths and #FollowTheOwl. You can find more detailed maps on our website soon www.frenshambrewery.co.uk

All humans and animals welcome! See you soon!

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.