Farm News | December 19, 2022
Important Wildlife Update
Fencing protection in place for curlews and other coastal birds, plus news on wildlife cameras and a request for dog walkers…
More recently, we have installed a number of webcams to get a more accurate picture of mammal activity on the site. These have captured a wonderful array of images of badgers, foxes, stoats, wood mice, brown rats, roe deer and birds including snipe, plus a selection of dogs.
Promising signs that farm management is working for wildlife
We plan to set some of the cameras to video from still images to capture some behaviour and will share these via social media and on the website.
Bird life on the farm – curlews return
We also spotted a family of grey partridge earlier this year – another red-listed species which needs the support of nature-friendly farms.
The appearance of common snipe (an amber list species) at the farm is also really encouraging. They like wetland and rough grassland habitat, using their long beaks to probe into soft ground for food. It is possible that they could breed at Lauriston and then we would have the opportunity to see their dusk aerial courtship display accompanied by ‘drumming’ as the air flows through specially adapted tail feathers.
Dogs in wildlife zones
All this makes the case for no human or dog disturbance in the fields at the north end of the farm, which sensitive species rely on as sanctuary.
No access to north fields: fencing for wildlife protection zone
We aim to balance the interests of wildlife and walkers. This restricted access policy will allow local wildlife to thrive and encourage new and more sensitive species to colonise. We still facilitate access along a network of footpaths outwith the north fields – we welcome you to walk on the paths and join us in caring for and protecting this place and all its residents.