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The Urban-Rural Hub Around Faringdon                                   16-23 June 2012

The Birds & the Bees!


whynotcycle1Tuesday 19th June 6pm & 7pm: Find out all about the Birds & the Bees at Carswell Farm. A special glass-encased beehive (complete with Queen bee!) will help us understand the important role played by bees in our environment, and the Bird and Farm Walk that includes the banks of the Thames will round off the evening. In a 2006 RSPB survey, a neighbouring farm with very similar habitat (Kilmester Farm) had the highest number of different bird species recorded ( 71 species) on any farm in the UK. NO NEED TO BOOK - JUST TURN UP! Sorry - no dogs.


For ECOBIRDS and ECOBEES we are the hosts of :

Peter Ferris
Rodney & Sue Martin
Carswell Farm, nr Faringdon

Carswell Farm is an organic grassland farm producing high quality organic beef for local and larger UK food retailers.

The northern part of the farm borders the Thames with ancient watermeadows containing important flora and fauna. Recent years have seen a substantial increase in the numbers of nesting curlew on the farm making it one of the most important sites in the south of England.

Although some measures have been taken to encourage wading birds, it is farm policy that this part of the countryside should remain as undisturbed and as natural as possible.

We hope that the farm walk will enable us to enjoy many of the interesting and sometimes unusual birds, insects, animals and flowers that we come across at this time of the year. The 2 mile walk will in part, be away from pathways and through fields so participants are strongly advised to wear suitable clothing.

We shall be accompanied by Charlotte Kinnear and Kirsty Brannan from the RSPB Otmoor Nature Reserve and other wildlife experts whose shared knowledge will make the evening informative, fun and interesting.

At 6pm members from the Vale & Downland Beekeepers Assoc. will bring equipment and take us through the art of beekeeping.

The farm walk starts at 7pm and will last approx. 2 hours. There will also be an opportunity to donate to the RSPB.

Parking will be available close to Carswell Farmhouse.



DIRECTIONS TO CARSWELL FARM: From Faringdon, head along A420 towards Oxford. Turn LEFT at sign for St Hughes School / Carswell .
See map below .  

View Carswell Farm in a larger map 

No charge - but there WILL be the opportunity to give a donation to the RSPB. Please be at Carswell Farm promptly at 6pm for ECOBEES, or 7pm for ECOBIRDS.  Sensible footwear is a good idea... 

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