Neil’s top tips to enhancing conditions for the wildlife

  • Creation of a 12-metre grass strips against all ditches and streams to protect from pesticide or nutrient run off.
  • Planting of over one kilometre of new hedges to create new wildlife corridors.
  • Planting of 200 trees in Wasings’ Parkland.
  • Creation of three new ponds specifically to improve the habitat for Damsel Flies.
  • Forty bare soil skylark plots for nesting in arable crops and another 40 in planning following the positive results of Wasing’s farmland bird survey.
  • Twelve hectares left as over wintered stubble which allows wild birds to forage for seeds and mini beasts over the sparse winter months. As the weeds grow in the spring it gives habitat for wild birds to forage as they struggle to feed their young.
  • Ten hectares planted biannually to wild bird seed crops to provide food to wild birds over the winter. Crops planted include kale, chicory, sunflower, fodder radish, mustard and millet. This feed potential is enhanced by a further 4.5 tonnes of seeds and grains being purchased and spread around these wild bird plots through the winter months.
  • A total of 5.5 hectares is planted biannually to provide pollen and nectar for the bees and butterflies on the estate. Plantings include Red Clover, Alsike Clover, Birds Foot Trefoil, Sainfoin and Phacelia.
  • Reseeding over 17kms of six-metre margins around all arable fields providing further habitat for birds, bees and mini beasts.