We encourage bio-diversity on our farm, and take our environment very seriously; we have tried to set things up for minimum intrusion on our wildlife. We use low level solar lighting and make provision for our resident bats - two species roost here, the Grey Long-Eared Bat and the Pipistrelle and we cherish them - by building “bat rooms” into our plans when developing a building. They are a wonderful sight at dusk as they feed under the trees on the insects that rise on the warm air - they overwinter at Beer Quarry Caves, returning during April, and you’ll find details of the Caves in our “Things To Do” section, it’s well worth a visit.
Swallows and Housemartins arrive from Africa during the spring and these swoop and dive across the slopes of the orchard as they feed, it’s better than TV. They are astonishingly acrobatic and it’s one of the best days of the year when we see the first returners, the harbingers of summer.
Our hedgerows are wildlife corridors and Holnest Farm is often filled with birdsong. You will hear all the usual hedgerow birds, Robins, Chaffinches, Sparrows, Tits, Blackbirds, Thrushes etc, and we see Nuthatches and Woodpeckers. In the summer the buzzards wheel overhead high in the sky and the awesome sight of the rooks and swallows mobbing them to drive them away is a treat.
There is often livestock here, next to the yurt field; they are not ours, and we ask you to leave field gates as you find them. Their owners oversee their diet so just enjoy their peaceful presence in the paddocks but please don’t be tempted to give them anything to eat.
We also have honey bees at Holnest Farm, which don’t bother people if they are left alone.
The yurts are located in our lower orchard which has limited mobile phone coverage; they do not have access to mains electricity. Should you wish to charge your electronic devices do ask, as something can always be arranged. Otherwise please feel free to enjoy the peace and quiet of our beautiful location.