Theme - Mixed Farming and Farmland birds (2701)

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    Start dateMay 18 2024
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    Time10:00 am
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    LocationRG9 4BX
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    PriceAdult/Senior £5.50

This lovely circular walk will take you along farm tracks and across grass fields with one steep descent and a gradual incline on the return. It will be suitable for all ages but please be aware that the route may be difficult for anyone with mobility issues.

On the way you will see the different arable crops grown on the farm as well as areas grown especially for birds and wild pollinators. Skylarks should be in full song and the handsome male yellowhammers singing their distinctive ‘little bit of bread and no cheese’ song from the hedgerows. If we are lucky we will see lapwing and other wading birds in the water meadows where the beef cattle graze. The walk will provide beautiful views across the Thames Valley and Shiplake Marsh local wildlife site.

Additional information

Sturdy shoes required. No toilets en route but toilet available at start and end. Please bring refreshments.

Stephen Doble and Alison Cross. Wessex Farm Wildlife on behalf of Christmas Common Farmers, Shiplake Farm is a member of Christmas Common Farmers, a group of farmers working together to improve the farmed environment for wildlife. Stephen is a fourth generation farmer at Shiplake Farm where his family have farmed for over 120 years.
Secure parking will be provided on Shiplake Farm.
2 Miles
Short walks (up to 3 miles)
3 hours
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)
Yes (Shiplake Farm has plenty of experience of welcoming families onto the farm and regularly participates in Open Farm Sunday. Children will be made very welcome. )