Conservation at the Farm Park
Our 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 information about how farmers are working with and around nature, to ensure both are sustainable for the future. The pond, observation beehive (from Cotswold Bees), 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.
This year, the Farm Park is playing host to a number of one and two-day beekeeping courses, delivered by Cotswold Bees.
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