Ashridge Farm

5750 day old chicks have arrived along with the sunniest day so far this winter. We now have 3 calves and all doing well.

The bird numbers at our feeding station in front of the house are now building to very good numbers. Today I saw 5 species of Tits:- Blue, Great, Coal, Marsh and Longtail. 5 species of Finch:- Siskin, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Brambling. Also Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Dunnock and of course House Sparrow. All just waiting to be photographed by me and any guests that bring along a camera.

2nd calf this morning, 5000 baby chicks expected to be delivered on Monday.

We are still very wet so not able to do any field operations. While we were working on the habitat of the pond the other day, there was the first frogspawn in the pond. Alway a welcome sight. That is bit early but not unusual in January. What is unusual is the wild daffodils out in late January in fact the first time I can recall then that early.

The big news is this morning the first calf for this year was looking at me when I looked into their shed, still wet and mother licking it. That still give me a great thrill, even after 60 or more years of seeing it. That is why my work is not just a job. Hopefully that is the first of 15. That is all the cows we have left after the disaster of bTB last year when we lost 2/3rds of our cows. We planned to have 40 not just 15. But hay ho we still have 15 so there will be calves running around with their mothers for you to see.