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Ashley’s Farm – February 2023

The Mighty Oak

Oak tree are one of the most common trees found here across the UK. Not only is this sturdy tree a national emblem, but it also supports more wildlife and biodiversity than any other native British tree!

All parts of the tree from the bark – to the fallen leaves host hundreds of insect species. Their fruits and acorns are also an important food source for all kinds of birds, critters, and mammals alike.

Ashley understands the importance of the mighty oak, he goes on to say –

“Each year for the past 3 years I have planted 10-15 Oak trees per year, all about 4-5 meters tall. (English Oak, Quercus Robur)

In one small paddock 10 years ago, I planted 7 different varieties of Oak, they are all now quite established. They have grown at different speeds with some obviously liking the soil here better than others.

I hope in 50 – 150 years they will all look great and contribute to an ever-improving environment.”

An early arrival

Nothing says spring is coming than the arrival of new-borns. This little lad just couldn’t wait any longer.

“Boudica the calf’s mother was due to calve early in March 2023 however Sunday 29th Jan this little chap was born, 4/5 weeks early!

His Mum had no milk, so I had to give it colostrum from a bottle for the first feed, and then subsequently (dried milk mixed with warm water) from a bottle 3 – 4 times a day for the first few days.

I am pleased to say that as of this morning (Feb 2nd) he is starting to suckle his mother as she has now got some milk and he is strong enough.”

Bird feed

“The one picture of seed in a bucket.

Once a week during the winter I spread 20kg of seed in the field for the Wild birds, I always spread it in the same place, so they know where to find it.

It is amazing the diversity of birdlife we have here in this part of South Northants.”

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