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!
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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.
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
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
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
We also have some wonderful wildlife activities including interactive puzzles in our discover and learn tent!
We normally suggest a £5 per entry for our competitions This donation is not compulsory, but remember we're a charity!
20th - 25th July
10th - 15th August
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.
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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.
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How many red list birds have been recently spotted Lark Rise Farm?
Where on Lark Rise Farm are the birds breeding?
22/06/2020: Numbers of the butterflies Vince recorded on Barton side and Westfield side of Lark Rise Farm. And a well deserved dip in the brook!
20/06/2020: Lark Rise Farm monitoring volunteers, Becky and Roger, surveyed TTW fields whilst Vince surveyed '98 lands on the adjacent part of the farm.
16/06/2020: A quick update from a butterfly and bird surveys
04/06/2020: Vince Lea reports how volunteer wildlife monitor, Trevor Grange and spots the first marbled of 2020.
02/06/2020: Will the pair of blackbirds that live in Vince's garden reach last year’s total of 16 fledged chicks?
28/05/2020: Wildlife monitors often work odd hours including very early morning starts and late nights as the sun sets. Find out what Dr Vince Lea recorded on his latest sunset survey.
27/05/2020: Dr Vince Lea ventures through Westfield on Lark Rise Farm. He also discusses why it takes many hours of calculating and understanding the data.
20/05/2020: Vince explores nature reserves known as the Great Fen not far from CRT headquarters.
18/05/2020: Vince Lea explains what Dr Val Perrin, a butterfly monitoring extraordinaire spots a CRT specialist species.
17/05/2020: Roger Buisson, CRT bird monitoring volunteer completed yet more bird surveys at Lark Rise Farm. Vince Lea explains why it could be a good year for the scarce game bird visitor, the quail.
10/05/2020: Vince Lea believe he has a very productive pair of blackbirds with two nests on the go. Surely that cannot be true?
09/05/2020: Dr Vince Lea explains what conditions wildlife monitors must follow to complete a survey of beautiful butterflies.
08/05/2020: Lapwing chick update and corn buntings, grey partridge, a barn owl and even more!
07/05/2020: This spring Vince is monitoring a mallard next on the banks of Bourn Brook on Lark Rise Farm in Barton.
06/05/2020: What was Vince's star bird of the day during the early May bird survey?
03/05/2020: Vince got out his camera when he had a welcomed visitor to his garden. Not to be confused with another similarly beautiful butterfly.
02/05/2020: Dr Vince Lea was up early at 4:30am to hear the chorus of birds across Lark Rise Farm. Find out about the songs he heard on International Dawn Chorus Day!
27/04/2020: Lots of exciting numbers as Vince completes bird surveys! Including an update on the lapwing chicks. Find out the species that Vince recorded 0.25% of the UK population on Lark Rise Farm!
23/04/2020: Birds numbers are important and so are national benchmarks - put them together and what have you got? Redlist Revival surveys - all is explained.
20/04/2020: The female lapwing that has been sighted on bird survey walks has successfully hatched two chicks! Is there more to come?
17/04/2020: "Oak before Ash, summer’s a splash; Ash before Oak, summer’s a soak". Wildlife monitor Vince explains about tree leaf break
16/04/2020: A pair of starlings looks like they are intent on breeding on Lark Rise fields in Comberton Village - the first time since 2006.
15/04/2020: Whitethroats have arrived, order of small hedgerow bird breeding habits on Lark Rise Farm. Plus Vince found mix of tiny lackey and small eggar moths.
13/04/2020: Vince participated in the Cambridgeshire Bird Club Easter Lockdown Bird Race. Find out what he spotted including a Harris’s hawk.