Author Archives: Molly

Week 1 at the farm

Winding down to the end of a long narrow road you arrive at the hidden Ambios site tucked away into the hillside. We were all greeted with warm hugs and smiles by Jack, Molly and the rest of the crew, before being introduced to the other trainees that we will be spending next 12 weeks […]

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Winging it

Imagine you are going on a journey. The route you will take is one you have never travelled before, and it will take several lifetimes to get there. In fact, you will never arrive: only your grandchildren will see the destination, and only their grandchildren will finally arrive back at home. Between you, you and […]

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Organic Outrage

Something quietly radical has just happened in the Dart valley. With Lower Sharpham Farm and Home Farm now fully converted to organic status, certified by the Soil Association, the Sharpham Estate is now top-to-toe, beetle-to-bat organic. Why does this matter? And by how much? Organic is one of those words that’s settled comfortably into the […]

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Hester’s 9-month placement: 4 months in!

I started my nine-month placement in late September- I’d been looking forward to it all summer; having already gone through the three-month traineeship in the spring, I was constantly comparing the sweltering streets of my hometown of London with the shaded slopes and cool river of Lower Sharpham, much to the annoyance of everyone around […]

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Magnificent Moths

Moths are wonderful. Massively overlooked and overshadowed by their equally wonderful and beautiful butterfly relatives. Many associate moths with their habit of eating woolly jumpers but it is in fact only six of 2500 UK moth species that is guilty of this crime! Let us forgive this and see them for what they are – […]

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Hedge Laying

Think of the actions of a beaver. They create dams that produce pools in which they can protect themselves from predators. A selfish act that results in a plethora of benefits for a wide variety of other flora and fauna. Last week myself and the other trainees learnt the art of hedge laying; a hedgerow […]

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Team Wilder’s First Impressions

Even though the three of us had to isolate for a week due to Covid secure measures we found ourselves active and time passed quickly.  We were warmly welcomed on arrival and taken care of with the provision of some delicious food kindly prepared by Ella and Phil who are both long term volunteers here […]

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Unfencing Sharpham

I have a new and lasting respect for the humble bramble. A few feet into a bush so tall and thick a modest dwelling could be tunnelled out of it, and I feel as if I’m in The Day of the Triffids. Spiny stems wrap themselves around my legs, flaying my jeans; an overhanging branch […]

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Making a career change into the conservation sector

Jazz Austin is an avid conservationist, and seven years ago realised that she wanted to use her career to make a difference for the environment. However, she was midway through an architecture degree at Cambridge University, had little professional experience and no idea how to make it happen. She is now managing an environmental engagement […]

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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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