Posts Tagged ‘Ecology’

Ecology – Species Count

This is a count of the number of different types of animals and plants seen at the barn farm on a particular day in early summer.    A large number is benefical, as it shows there is species diversity, which is good.    There are many more plants as is was the middle of the day, and most of the animals where else where.    There has been no count of the insects, which would increase the number of animals.    The list of domesticated animals is here instead.


In principle the ecology of the farm is simple – in practice a little harder!

Although we are in communication with them, Barn Farm is not currently registered with the Soil Association because we have to buy in our foodstuffs and hay rather than produce it ourselves.    We do however try to conform to organic standards in as many ways as we can.

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Barn Farm is a small section of unpolluted rich meadowland.  We would like to keep it that way.  This list will be updated in future.

  • No use of pesticides.
  • Nearly all wood preservatives are low impact (rather than a powerfull substance that lingers and will poison everything).
  • Use of predators (ie chicken) to keep populations of pests low.
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Species Count – Wild Animals

Wild animals

  • Barn owl
  • Fox
  • Grey squirrel
  • Hedgehog
  • Mice (various)
  • Pheasant
  • Rabbit
  • Rat (oversize)
  • Rook
  • Various insects

Species Count – Garden Escapes

Garden escapes

Species Count – Wild Plants

Wild plants