Bere Marsh Farm About the Farm On 30 June 2020 we completed the purchase of Bere Marsh Farm, just outside Shillingstone and on the River Stour. This was nearly 5 years after we first visited, and fell in love, with the property. It is a fantastic farm with a history of hope and conservation. It lies close to the village of Shillingstone. The River Stour runs alongside, and often over it when the floodplain does what floodplains are supposed to do flood. Just beyond is Hambledon Hill, a big chunk of chalk rising to over 600 feet — a place of incredible history, botany and geology. There is wetland, grassland and woodland. We hope to have a small milking herd of cows, a small flock of Dorset sheep, free-range hens and orchard. It has a trailway, footpaths, a bridleway. To put it in modern parlance, it has a high footfall — a lot of people walk by it and through it. The purchase of Bere Marsh Farm was made possible following many donations from our Friends when Gordon first died, plus ongoing donations in the five years we have been trying to make our dream a reality. In 2019 we received two very generous legacy donations which meant we finally had enough money to complete the purchase. We'll update you further once plans are underway! It's all very exciting! Location Set in the gorgeous Dorset countryside. About Save Our Barn Owl Barn Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground Contact Save Our Barn Owl Barn Donate Fundraise Help us reach our BOB target! This Victorian barn houses a resident pair of barn owls. This year, as in 15 previous years, chicks have been successfully reared. This historic Barn Owl Barn affectionately called BOB - is located amidst the meadows of Bere Marsh Farm, near the village of Shillingstone. It was in urgent need of repair otherwise the barn would be lost forever and the barn owls would lose their home. To comply with guidance from the Barn Owl Trust, this work needed to be carried out before it becomes yet more weather-beaten and the owls begin a new breeding season by mid-winter. Update: Our beloved barn owls get a new roof despite not reaching the target! The need for funding In the past ten years, the 'Barn Owl Barn' has been flooded on several occasions and its structure will not last another winter. We were extremely concerned that it will collapse and the barn owls will leave Bere Marsh Farm forever. It cost approximately £30,000 for us to conserve the Barn Owl Barn, repairing the roof, repointing the brickwork and making it watertight. Substantial clearing of the ditch to the east of the barn is also necessary to prevent a recurrence of ﬂooding in the barn. It will not be used as an agricultural barn again, but instead as a dedicated nest site for the wild beauty of the twilight skies. A new Hide is planned to permit others to observe these majestic birds from a safe distance. Why are barn owls important? How You Can Help Barn owls are the pinnacle of the British countryside and we are delighted that they are residents of Bere Marsh Farm. Would you consider making a donation so we can conserve our magnificent Victorian barn and build a bird hide to monitor the barn owls using it? Now we have secured the long-term home for the resident barn owls, the new hide will enable us to share their story with many more people as well as monitor their future for educational purposes.