The first signs of spring have arrived, probably a little early this year though. The snowdrops are all out along with crocuses and spring blossom on the trees. We've had record temperatures this February and seen early bees and butterflies. I just hope they don't suffer too much when the next cold snap arrives.
In early February we trimmed all our hedges so that they can thicken up ready for the birds.
As the weather has remained fine the holiday let has progressed well with the old roof now removed and the old bricks being carefully cleaned ready to be reused later on in the project.
The cattle have had their annual TB test and came away with a clear test. We also blood tested each animal to become part of a high health cattle scheme. These schemes work in partnership with farmers and vets throughout the UK in order to control major endemic cattle diseases including BVD, Johne’s Disease, IBR and Leptospirosis.
We keep rare breed cattle on our farm; White Park Cattle and Traditional Hereford cattle. Both breeds have horns which can pose challenges for us and our vets. We chose these native breeds because of their hardiness and ability to live on Salisbury Plain which can be a very hostile place in the winter.
The cattle have now all made their way back onto Salisbury Plain waiting for their next big event which is calving in April.
Lastly we have finished hanging our new nest boxes. We already have barn owl boxes and sparrow boxes but we have now added a kestrel box, tawny owl box and a wren box. British birds are in need of more nesting places now as gardens are neater and tidier than they used to be, depriving birds of natural holes and habitat to build a nest. The populations of many bird species are down so we all need to do what we can to help he birds.