FARM AND REWILDING TOURS

What we’re offering

We are delighted to be able to offer pre-formed groups a free 2.5 hour visit to our wildlife-friendly farm in South Devon. This is enabled via support from Natural England through our farm Higher Tier Country Stewardship scheme. As a nature conservation training organisation, engaging with people and sharing our passion for wildlife is at the heart of what we do. As part of this offer, we have produced a series of options to come and learn about our work, wildlife friendly farming and rewilding at Sharpham.

Option A - free half-day visit

Come along to Lower Sharpham Farm where one of our team members will walk you through our conservation farm, down to our new rewilding site, Home Farm. During the walk we will stop at various points to talk about our story – the history, management practices, Sharpham trust and motivation for rewilding, and the wildlife success stories we have witnessed.

Option B – two half-day visits

Visiting us twice will allow for a deeper dive into how rewilding offers a whole swathe of benefits to local wildlife, rural economies and people’s health and wellbeing. In the first visit we will paint the picture of rewilding in the Sharpham context. This will include the farm background, management practices and how they relate to rewilding principles.  During your second visit we will focus more on Rewilding and the ecology and wildlife stories we have encountered at our farm in the Dart Valley, and the networks and partnerships that make Sharpham the special place that it is.

Option C – tailormade site visit

Rewilding should be open to all, so our third option allows any group to specially design their own site visit. This includes the number of sessions, topics covered in each session and whether you would like to integrate lectures, practical activities, CPD, teambuilds, or overnight stays into the visit. Our team of dedicated nature professionals have a breadth of knowledge and expertise enabling us to offer sessions including and not limited to:

  • Species-specific conservation days including (invertebrates, birds, botany etc…)
  • Practical conservation tasks
  • Microscopy
  • Lectures
  • Organic and regenerative farming principles and practice
  • Rewilding the wider landscape – Networking and Partnerships

Some past visiting groups include:

  • Universities (Plymouth & Exeter)
  • Local colleges/schools (Schumacher & Steiner)
  • Women’s Institute,
  • Teignbridge District Councillors
  • Farmers from the AONB

Timing and availability

The minimum group size is 5 for your visit to our farm at Sharpham. The maximum is 16.

Your free first half day is available either on a Tuesday afternoon or Friday morning. Please get in touch with us to arrange your visit and find a date that suits you best.

If you would like to take up Option B (2 visits) the second visit will cost £120. The cost will include refreshments after the walk and talk.

Routes, terrain and difficulty

We’re situated on a hill meaning our walk to the rewilding site does include a steady decline. There are a number of slopes with varying gradients in the rewilding site. The terrain will be mostly stony track and tarmac cycle path, and might include clumpy grassland if we enter the fields. Routes can be adapted to suit the visiting group. We will walk at a moderate pace and stop frequently.

Walks and talks can be adapted for any group – regardless of age or physical capability. Contact us and we will do our best to accommodate for all your needs and requirements. We currently do not allow dogs on the walk

Refreshments, facilities, transport and location

Tea, coffee, and cake are all available after the walk. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

We have toilets on the farm but once we start walking there will be no other toilets on-route. We have limited parking at our farm site so please car share where possible.

The address is:

Lower Sharpham Barton Farm, Ashprington, Totnes. TQ97DX.

What three words: ///acids.fonds.alarm

Directions here: http://www.ambios.net/travelling-car-lower-sharpham-farm/

Health and Safety

The tour will go ahead in almost any weather, so please dress accordingly. Long sleeve tops, full length trousers and robust shoes are advised for hot weather. If it is a warm day please bring your own hydration, and sun lotion. In wet or cold weather, a waterproof coat, warm layers and wellington boots are essential.

Risk assessments have been completed for all activities. Prior to the walk the guide will inform you of potential risks and how we’ve accounted for them.

How to book your visit

To make a booking please call or email us. We will need to take a 50% deposit to secure your booking. Email: ranger@ambios.net.

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to change your booking, please contact us as soon as possible. We will make every effort to accommodate the change, without charge.

If you wish to cancel your booking, please contact us as soon as possible. 50% of the deposit will be retained if cancelled less than a week before the event.

If we need to cancel/change your booking, we will contact you as soon as possible. If we cancel or cannot find alternate dates then we will fully refund your deposit.