The fields, hedgerows and ponds are teaming with wildlife and activity.
On Roves Farm there is a range of habitats, all linked by a network of "wildlife corridors", streams and hedgerows specially created together with field-sized bird tables for summer and winter and they attract a whole wildlife food chain. Alongside hedgerows and streams are areas of unmown grass and wild flowers, which are a feast for insects especially butterflies and small mammals. These, in turn, are good breakfasts for the many species of birds which live in the locality.
We regularly spot many Barn, Little and Tawny Owls, Kestrels, Buzzards and have even had a sighting of a Hobby! Not only do we see the Owls but we have lots and lots of pellet evidence! The pellets are the indigestible material the Owls cough up. Each pellet contains a mixture of bones, teeth, shells, fur etc. and it is fascinating to dissect one and put together a picture of the habits of the Owl.
The wild flower meadows, which were often flooded during the winter, will be amassed with a spectrum of colour soon and eventually cut for delicious hay for horses, rabbits and guinea-pigs, in July!
Other activities include tractor rides around the Farm, meeting and feeding the animals especially the baby goats and chicks, animal racing, indoor and outdoor play areas, the worlds largest living willow maze as well as the extremely popular big bale maze and adventure play. The Jurassic Kingdom will be available during weekends and school holidays (small extra charge for dinosaur activities only)
The Visitor Centre is open from 10.30 to 5.00 daily from May 20th until the end of the School Summer holidays, and then Wed to Sun until Nov 4th .
Further details from the website www.rovesfarm.co.uk or by telephone 01793 763939