Birds, flowers and calf number 4

Two thrush in the Paddock again this morning. Sightings of a wren and a goldfinch in the Orchard.

Daffodil and celandine to add to this year’s list of flowers in the Nature Reserve

The fourth of this year’s calves was born this morning, a white heifer. Calf and mother reported as both doing well.

Cattle in Flora


Walkers down the Pads footpath will have noticed the cattle in the ex-Gleesons Field following our opening of a crossing point across Lucy Brook. Unfortunately some person unknown had opened a small temporary gate we had constructed in the boundary of that field. The cattle have found this gap and hence are in the wider Flora area. Once there they are not so easy to get back! However, they are no doing much harm, although knocking over all our lynchet marker posts, and there is plenty of grass.

The sick cow

Many people have expressed concern over the health of the cow laid down in the Big Meadow for over a week after having a still birth. Those who have been out and about will know that it is now on its feet and has been moved to the Paddock where Fraser can keep a close eye on it. The cow was tended by Fraser and his family and had veterinary attention but what made the difference to the cow getting up was a visit from a ‘healer’ who used a traditional method of healing often used by Irish farmers alongside the vet! A ‘cow whisperer’ no less. Fraser has never seen anything like it but it did the trick. So, thanks to Fraser for trying everything to save the cow as well as all his patient husbandry.