Wildlife at Rush Farm
Already rich in wildlife and birdlife, Rush Farm is working within the Higher Level Stewardship scheme to encourage lapwings and curlews through the creation of suitable habitats, including three scrapes. Support for hedgerows will provide shelter and food for many species of farmland birds, insects and mammals and also provide important corridors for wildlife movement across the farmed landscape. Some fields are left as rough grassland or stubble to encourage insect and birdlife and the brown hare is encouraged at Rush Farm by providing cover for them where they can hide. The wood has been brought back under management with a grant from the Forestry Commission and a permissive walk has been cleared. Every spring sees the wood carpeted in primroses, followed by bluebells and wild garlic.