We are proud to announce another set of exciting arrivals for the farm! Tiny baby pheasants! You can see our new little chicks and our mandarin ducklings in Pets Corner. The golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) is a beautiful species that is native to the forests in mountainous areas of western China. Our adult pheasants (the parents of these little chicks) live in Pheasant Crescent in Pets Corner. The male is brightly coloured and his hens look very similar to those of female common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). More photos of the tiny new arrivals on the next page!

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You may have noticed our sheep looking a bit bare. It’s been a week of shearing! Over the past week we’ve shorn our entire flock (except for this year’s lambs). That’s a total of 48 sheep and 2 alpacas that needed their summer shear! Lots of work to do! Some of you may have been lucky enough to catch Derek in action or caught our tweets live from the shearing barn. As happens so often in farming, what started off like quite a simple job ended up taking two days after a slight hitch involving the batteries powering the shears! But it worked out brilliantly as Monday turned out to be a drier and altogether better day for shearing than the wet and windy weather we had on Friday! More photos of our sheep and alpacas being sheared on the next page! Continue reading

Thank you to everyone who made it out to our lovely fundraising banquet last Thursday evening and to the grand opening of the Mudchute Ack Ack Gun and street party on Saturday! It has been a very busy, but exciting few days of festivities and we hope you all enjoyed yourselves (despite the rather variable weather!). The courtyard was beautifully transformed into a gorgeous summery venue! More photos of the celebrations on the next page! Continue reading