CRT Village Show Explore the CRT Village Showground! #CRTVillageShow We had to cancel all CRT farm open days due to lockdown, but we still wanted to find a different way to bring new and existing CRT Friends together and raise money for the charity! Support us by donating what you'd normally pay at a CRT Village Show: Please select a donation amount: * £1 Pay for parking £5 Donate to enter our competitions £10 Donate to a go on all of our activities £25 Approximate amount to feed your entire family on a fun day out £50 What you'd normally pay for a full day out and a generous donation to the CRT Other Donate Click on the tents to go inside or scroll down At this time of year, our staff, farmers and volunteers would be on the road to see you in person at Farm Open Days and shows across the country. But lockdown has changed that this year. #CRTVillageShow All the fun of the show, from the safety of your home! Discover & Learn Online and at home activities to keep you and the children entertained and learning about the farming and nature! Education Manager Gerry Turner has been busy created these fun filled, curriculum-linked learning topics straight from the CRT classroom. We normally suggest a £1 contribution for our educational activities at events Donate Now Farmer Facts Our farmers are excellent! They have picked up their phones to show us their farms! These farmer diaries give you an insight into what a variety of different farmers get up to on a daily basis. Lark Rise Farm Show Week29th June - 5th July Pierrepont Farm Show Week13th July - 18th July Mayfields Farm Show Week3rd August - 9th August Wonderful Wildlife Dr Vince Lea, Head of Wildlife Monitoring has been keeping a diary of his lockdown sightings. Read this blog to find out what he has seen! Blackbirds, lapwing, water voles, butterfly, and so much more! Money raised by this campaign will go towards projects increasing the diversity of wildlife on our properties Donate Now We also have some wonderful wildlife activities including interactive puzzles in our discover and learn tent! Competition Time Get involved with the many competitions that are running over the 10 weeks of the CRT Village Show! We normally suggest a £5 per entry for our competitions This donation is not compulsory, but remember we're a charity! Donate Now Wild Photography 15th - 20th June Pet Pawtraits 6th - 11th July Rate my plate 20th - 25th July Grow it at home 10th - 15th August How much money the CRT Village Show has raised so far? We still need to raise awareness and raise funds to continue our vital work, but we also want to continue to bring people together and provide sparks of joy and happiness through the CRT Village Show. Click here to find out Support Rural Business CRT supports rural communities and businesses by restoring old and disused farming properties into centres of sustainable business. These artisan businesses would normally be selling their beautiful items at shows across the country. This year, we are supporting these businesses by promoting them online at our CRT Village Show. Support rural business See exclusive discounts below... Showground Farmer Facts Discover & Learn Wonderful Wildlife Blog Tractor Tour Support Rural Business Competitions Quail, chiffchaffs and willow warbler Over the weekend, our bird monitoring volunteer, Roger Buisson complete the bird surveys for Lark Rise Farms' Westfield and the ‘Tinkers, Telegraph and Warner’s Corner’ (TTW) fields. After many weeks on pause, Roger was pleased to get back into the swing of CRT surveys. The highlight was a quail, heard calling from the crops at Westfield. These tiny game birds are a scarce visitor to the UK, breeding in small but variable numbers every year. We have recorded them on the formal monitoring visits in just one previous year at Westfield in 2015 and just three times on '98 land over the previous 20 years of monitoring! Quails are potential beneficiaries of global warming in the UK, they are much more abundant further south in Europe, but are highly migratory and easily capable of taking new opportunities. Their breeding and migration strategy is more like those of butterflies than birds, with individuals breeding in North Africa or southern Spain early in the year then moving north for second or third broods, if the first habitats dry up too much. Chicks reared early in the year are capable of breeding in the same year, at 12-15 weeks of age, and may migrate to the UK in late summer to do so, often arriving in July and August as many of our other summer migrants are starting to head south for their winter! To get one this early in spring suggests that this could be a good year for quail; listen out for the call, especially in cereal crop fields. It is said to sound like someone repeating the phrase ‘wet my lips’. Quail call Your browser does not support the audio element. Please click here to download the file The birds themselves are hardly ever seen, being half the size of a partridge and lurking deep in the tall crops in the middle of a field. Roger also saw two Hobbies at Westfield which follows on from the one I saw the week before and bodes well for a chance that these might be staying to breed with us. On his tour of 'TTW' fields, Roger was treated to the sight of a barn owl hunting in the Warner’s Corner meadow – this also ties in with where I saw one the previous visit. The other highlights were a cuckoo calling from somewhere nearby and two willow warblers in the spinney; one being a ‘mixed singer’ with elements of chiffchaff song. Willow warblers and chiffchaffs are closely related species of warbler, very hard to tell apart visually (willow warbler being slightly yellower shade of green, with longer wing tips, pale legs and slightly slimmer build, all of which is hard to see on a tiny bird moving around the foliage!) Song is the best way to tell them apart, chiffchaffs sing their name but willow warblers have a beautiful descending cadence of notes. Chiffchaff call Your browser does not support the audio element. Please click here to download the file Willow warbler call Your browser does not support the audio element. Please click here to download the file It seems that sometimes, the birds get confused themselves and try a bit of song from their close relative. This may be a genetic thing – perhaps hybridisation has occurred between the two species, or a ‘cultural’ thing, if a willow warbler chick grew up in an area with lots of chiffchaffs singing, it may have learnt some of that song. With chiffchaffs increasing and willow warblers declining in southern Britain, it is possible that either of these events could happen more frequently; evolution could be taking place. Willow warblers remain the commonest out of the two in northern Britain. Dr Vince LeaHead of Wildlife Monitoring Quail mp3 recording was published (on freesound.org) by dobroide, and is used under a CC BY 3.0 International license. Chiffchaff mp3 recording was published (on freesound.org) by Sonic Ranger, and is used under a CC BY 3.0 International license.Willow warbler mp3 recording was published (on freesound.org) by soundbytez, and is used under a CC BY 3.0 International license.