At only 40 acres, Mayfields Farm may be small, but it is beautiful and every aspect of it has been considered for wildlife. It was donated to the CRT in 2004 by Greta McDonough and is based in the quaint village of Themelthorpe, in the parish of Foulsham, Norfolk.
A traditional orchard of indigenous trees was planted at Mayfields Farm not long after the CRT took over. At 10 years old, the orchard is still in its adolescent stage, but will soon be reaching maturity. Sheep and lambs graze around the trees making it a beautiful spot to sit and take in the atmosphere and forget about modern life for a few moments.
Another highlight of the farm is the wet woodland, which is rare. The unusual habitat attracts a wide range of different species. A raised, accessible footpath runs through the wet woodland to allow everyone to enjoy it from a safe perspective which leads to the red squirrel enclosure.
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Helps us buy supplementary bird seed, sourced from local suppliers.
Helps us with the administration costs for wildlife walks and open farm days.
Helps us with the cost of our Wildlife Monitoring Officers complete an afternoon wildlife monitoring.
Helps us with the cost of welcoming a class of children onto a farm for a half day session.
At CRT we support and encourage our tenant farmers to use sustainable farming methods wherever possible, because we know these practices positively benefit the environment, wildlife and ultimately, humankind.
We provide support, resources and volunteers to assist the conservation activities across our sites. For example, volunteers on all the properties have planted hedgerows, resulting in wildlife corridors and increased biodiversity.
Our wildlife monitors complete regular surveys of each site, covering large species like deer or otters to invertebrates like freshwater shrimp and water beetles. Below are some of the most iconic species residing on our sites.
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