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Winter Bird Watching

It’s not easy to keep your students’ attention up when teaching and harder still to inspire interest and passion in a subject: Fraser Rush is very good at both. On the 20th and 21st of November we followed his two day course on bird ID: despite the fact that we were working from pictures of […]

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Watch out…spooky creatures all around!

Halloween has come around (although the shelves in the supermarkets try to tell us it is Christmas already) and soon witches, ghosts and vampires will be populating our planet for this one night of the year. Spiderwebs and bats will be decorating the….. but wait, what is that? Rewind…. Bats… are seen by people as […]

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Be a volunteer, an extraordinary experience

I’m finally in England. On the way to Lower Sharpham Farm, in Devon. Ready to spend my next 5 weeks surrounded by sheep, cows and hens. But on the bus I don’t feel very well, stress starts to rise and a question persists in my head : how will it go ? I arrived at […]

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Teambuilding Week

Ronja, one of our nature conservation trainees from Germany, reflects on her first week here at Lower Sharpham Farm… Monday, “check-in”-date. You arrive at a farm in the middle of nowhere placed between rolling hills, forests, ferns and sheep. You enter the bunkhouse and there it is: your team for the next 3 months, 11 […]

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Grassland survey on Lower Sharpham Farm

As summer moved across the country, it was time to conduct the grassland survey on the meadows of Lower Sharpham Farm. In 2011, there was a first study which aimed to record the different plant species which could be found in the fields. Ten quadrats of 1 sqm were investigated in every field to compile […]

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3 DAYS WITH LITTLE BUDDING FARMERS

From the 18th to the 20th of July 2019, Lower Sharpham Farm welcomed a cohort of pupils from five to eight years old from Dartington CofE primary school. Coming with their teachers and parents to discover the farm, they got the opportunity to participate into a wide range of activities around nature for the morning. […]

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Bird Nest Box Survey

Bird Nest Box Survey at Lower Sharpham Farm At Sharpham farm, surveying biodiversity is one of the core activities of the traineeship program that runs throughout the year. The Bird Nest Box Survey is conducted from March to July, and involves the check-up of the 67 nest boxes on a weekly basis during that period. […]

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Life with animals on the farm

We look after them, we form bonds with them, we exercise with them, we laugh and cry with them…. We have all developed a relationship with the farm’s animals. The iconic animals for our group are without doubt the goats, which have been growing up so fast since we welcomed them while they were babies. […]

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Lambing on the farm

We have been welcoming newcomers to Lower Sharpham Farm these past couple of weeks, and everyone has been incredibly excited about it. I do not mean our new spring cohort of trainees, who are a truly lovely addition to our team, but our new baby lambs! It has been a unique and truly memorable experience […]

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Reconnecting with our natural surroundings

At Sharpham, the arrival of spring coincides with the appearance of a prolific plant whose leaves and flowers are particularly fragrant and reminiscent of garlic. This plant, commonly named Wild Garlic or Ramsons, grows abundantly in the undergrowth of old woodland throughout the country and is particularly appreciated by people living at Lower Sharpham Farm. […]

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