We joined the David Bellamy Conservation Awards Scheme in 2015 as this is something really close to our hearts. We were absolutley over the moon with our first assessment granting us a Gold accolade. We have always been passionate about developing Briarfields in such a way that enhances our environment – this benefits each and everyone of us in the long term. Find out what our David Bellamy Conservation assessment has to say about us.
During the upgrade and renovation of our touring pitches each year we are planting hundreds and hundreds of native hornbeam hedging; they are a better choice of boundary for wildlife than fences. Hedges allow wildlife to move around the park, provide feeding and breeding opportunities. They make natural windbreaks, creating sheltered pitches which is especially important for butterflies.
We’re really trying to encourage a wide variety of birds to the park by increasing our bird tables, bird feeders and water stations each year. A recent guest of ours is a budding photographer and has kindly let me share some of her images of birds seen on the park during her stay with us. Thank you so much Caroline for letting us share your gorgeous photo’s.
Robins, Blue Tits, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Great Tits, Chaffinch to highlight a few…
We teamed up with our local bee keeping community towards the end of 2016. Following a visit to the orchard and a stroll around the park – they thought a beehive would be successful due to abundance of mature trees and shrubs around and about.
We initially introduced a lone beehive into our orchard area as a trial – it’s been a huge success and we now have 4 buzzing bee hives. The bees are absolutely loving the fruit blossom!
Hedgehogs were spotted in the orchard area so we introduced some hedgehog igloos to keep them safe over their long hibernation. Lots of squirrels darting around the tree’s and shrubs burying food for a later time.