As a result of the ecological assessment work that we were required to carry out as a part of our planning permission process for The Private Hill we developed a passion to try and make Thrussendale Farm
a greatly improved wildlife habitat.
This led us to commission a full farm wildlife habitat survey which was carried out by respected Ecologists in three parts; a habitat survey in June and November 2019, a walkover bird survey in June, July, and November identifying key bird species on the farm and a baseline botanical review of Wooing Nab in June 2019.
This ecological work established the farm as potentially important for the following habitats, animal groups and/or species:
* Hedgerows B.A.P Habitat
* Lowland Calcareous Grassland B.A.P Habitat
* Schedule 1 Birds
* Bird Species of Conservation Concern/Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species
* Schedule 1 bird species protected by law
The report concluded that Thrussendale Farm is a valuable area for native habitats and wildlife in a local and regional context. This has prompted a number of improvement measures which will increase the value further:
* Woodland enhancement measures using native species to improve diversity
* Hedgerow restoration to restore historic boundaries and habitat connectivity
* Grassland management for ground nesting birds including the Eurasian Curlew
* Pond creation
* Species recommendations: barn owl and tree sparrow nest boxes
Key bird species which form the basis of the work being carried out include:
Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Common Cuckoo, Redstart, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer, Winter Thrushes, Sky Lark, Linnet and Meadow Pipit.
In addition the following key species of conservation concern and/or Red or Amber Birds of Conservation Concern were recorded in the wider area on the survey dates and within 500m of the farm:
Willow Warbler, Starling, Brown Hare, Red Kite, Barn Owl and Tree Sparrow
A number of habitat improvement recommendations have been made, by field, and work on these has already started and will continue over the next three years following tried and tested conservation strategies.
Hopefully all of this work will encourage further Nature Tourism to the farm and extend the reach of existing