The web of the European garden spider (Araneus diadematus).

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we’d share some of Mudchute’s resident spiders! You’ll notice large garden orb spiders hanging prominently around the farm in their beautiful orb webs at this time of year. This is their last time to shine, as they’ve grown rapidly over the summer and are hanging on until the temperature dips too low. Many of the other species we’ve seen have enjoyed a brief season this summer, and show the beauty and diversity of British spiders. See just a few of our favourite arachnids on the next page! Continue reading

Three of our lucky lambs have a brand new home! They’ve moved just South of the river, taking up residence at Forest Hill’s Horniman Museum and Gardens and I was lucky enough to visit them! The trio will be just a few of the residents of the planned animal walk in the newly refurbished display gardens. The animal walk is set to open to the public next summer, giving them plenty of time to settle in. The lambs seem to love their new home and are being spoiled rotten! They may no longer graze overlooking Canary Wharf, but their view across London is stunning! More photos of their gorgeous new home on the next page! Continue reading

Another project our volunteers have helped bring to fruition is the creation of another field, The Maze Field, which takes its name from a planted maze within it. The new field is located behind the duck pond and is currently the grazing field for some of our rams. They’ve learned the walk down very quickly and are thoroughly enjoying their new wooded field! More photos on the next page and a huge thank you to all of you who helped make this project possible! Continue reading