WILDLIFE

Wildlife is integral to the way we farm and live. All our farm plans and decisions are made holistically, taking into account the flora and fauna here.  Our farming methods help to sustain wildlife in ecosystems that the farm relies on to stay healthy and  abundant - a natural interdependence.

WINTER
SPRING
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ways we are encouraging wildlife...
...and much more too!

tree

planting, seeding

and regeneration to keep soils healthy and provide food and shelter for 

wildlife

enhancing

wet pasture

 to make a rich  feeding ground for waders

encouraging biodiversity and 

celebrating plant heritage by using 

holistic grazing 

and local seeds

reducing grazing pressure on riparian and heath land to allow natural regeneration

slowing

water-flow through the site by blocking drains, embracing 

the bog, and planting and encouraging

trees

respecting and cherishing the

wildlife here, by ensuring that the changes we make

are neither radical 

nor sudden

digging

ponds and swales to capture water, reduce run-off and provide habitats

why is wildlife important to me?

Because the joy that all these things bring to my life is immeasurable! Each year, the first cry of the curlew, swoop of the swallow, sniff of valerian, lifts my spirits high.

I think there is also a misconception that it is farming OR wildlife - but livestock can (and in my opinion should) live alongside wildlife, both enriching the other.  

 

Nature is important to how I connect to the land, my ancestors, gain a sense of place and understanding that guides me.  When I hear a wood pigeon call I think of my Granny, see a forget-me-not think of my Nana, swing from a tree think of my auntie.  Those connections mean that I find each of these everyday things special, so my desire to care for the elements both heightened and more personal.

I don't feel the need to dominate the landscape; I can find a silver lining in most things; I like having wonderful surprises and seeing how nature sorts things out (not always a happy ending for all).  My farming career has been heavily influenced by permaculture - the fair share principal is lovely and so appropriate in these times of greed and capitalism, there is so much to go around if we look after it!

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Photos © Michael Mearns

Illustrations by Ione Maria Rojas

Achpopuli Farm

Abriachan

Inverness

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