Sunnybank Farm

"To start off by thinking that, yes, we are here on the land and we can encourage wildlife and not diminish it, seems like a simple but good way forward."

Our Bluebell Wood YurtSunnybank is a smallholding of 37 acres stretching from the top of the hill to the sheltered banks of the river Camel below.The land is a mixture of woods, permanent pasture and moorland.

We keep a small herd of traditional Hereford cows as part of a conservation program to maintain habitat for the rare Pearl bordered Fritillary butterfly. The cows graze the brake in winter, trampling down the old bracken opening up paths, encouraging wild violets to grow, and so providing the primary food source of the emerging caterpillars of these beautiful butterflies.

The woodland in the valley, apart from being home to too many grey squirrels is a mixed deciduous woodland of mostly oak, ash, beech, wild cherry, alder, hazel, thorn and elder. Red and roe deer and a family of badgers visit it often.

The wood is being maintained principally as a wildlife habitat but some of the trees are pruned so that one day some useful timber can be extracted for home use. It is an spot for pcnic den building or messing about in the river.

 

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