Farmer Gow's has worked hard to increase the bio-diversity of Henleaze Farm through a variety of conservation projects
Planting, gapping up and careful management to enable them to grow and thicken - providing excellent all year round habitat for wild birds.
Fantastic source of nectar for insects and wildflower pollination creating late spring - winter seed source. Also source of high levels insect and invertebrates.
We planted a new woodland in winters 2007-9 with the support of a Forestry Commission grant. 1,800 trees and shrubby species.
Henleaze Wood is now home to barn owls, hares, hedgehogs, pheasant, partridge and many other wild birds, insects, mammals, flora and fauna.
Arable reversion to extensive grassland
Returning the farmland to extensive grassland, managed to different sward heights by our cattle, sheep & goats supports an increasing range of insects and ground nesting wild birds.
The success of our efforts may be evidenced through its increasing wild bird population. In 2022 we recorded 64 wild bird species living/visiting the farm. The 38 species listed below have been witnessed to be living and/or feeding on the farm.
The RSPB has divided the UK's wild birds into three categories of conservation importance - red, amber and green.
RED is the highest conservation priority, with species needing urgent action. AMBER is the next most critical group, followed by GREEN.
50% of the wild bird species living and feeding at Farmer Gow's are on the RSPB's Red or Amber lists.
RED - endangered
Dunnock (Hedge Sparrow)
Long Tailed Tit