Conservation at the Farm Park
Our dedicated Conservation Area was opened in spring 2013 and is dedicated to highlighting how important the countryside and farming are to conservation and British wildlife. If you visit the area, you’ll find lots of information about how farmers are working with and around nature, to ensure both are sustainable for the future. The pond, bird boxes and bug houses we have added to the area help to encourage visits from wildlife and this corner of the Park will continue to be developed for years to come.
Around the rest of the park, we feed the birds year round and often have blackbirds, house sparrows and swallows nesting in the barns.
The Wildlife Walk (which begins by the entrance of the Farm Park) runs through one of England’s 4,100 ‘Sites of Special Scientific Interest’. This SSSI is an unimproved limestone grassland with scrub, home to two species that are very rare;
– The Duke of Burgundy Butterfly, which feeds on cowslips and is one of the most rapidly declining butterflies in the UK
– Cotswold Pennycress, found in only 14 sites nationally