Last Friday, Mudchute Frankie, our strapping Oxford Down ram left the farm for a bit of city farm matchmaking! Frankie is off to stud at Surrey Docks City Farm, where he will be spending some quality time with a few of their lovely Oxford ewes. I made it down to Surrey Docks to visit him and had the chance to see meet some of his new girls! Frankie should be back at Mudchute some time next month and if all goes to plan, his sons and daughters should make their debut next April. Continue reading

Beautiful autumnal foliage of a hornbeam.

With winter just around the corner, November may seem a quieter time for wildlife than the busy spring and summer, but for the nature lover, there are many species best seen this month. Trees and shrubs are filled with fruits and berries, providing food for migrating birds and a last feast for those about to hibernate. And while most plants have stopped flowering, there is plenty of colour in the falling autumnal foliage. Fungi are also taking advantage of the cool, wet weather with mushrooms and toadstools springing up seemingly overnight! Continue reading

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