Green Dragon Nature Trail

We have 44 acres in the Aylesbury vale and, while most of it is laid out as paddocks for the farm animals, we haven’t forgotten the wildlife!

Nature trail 2

The nature trail before planting the wild flowers

The site used to be intensively farmed and so we are working hard to restore the habitats that have disappeared. This Autumn we are seeding our Wildflower Meadow – you’ll be able to see the results next Summer!

Trail

Meanwhile there’s a nature trail that takes you round the edge of our site with bird and bat nesting boxes – and, where, we’ve planted wild flowers and built habitat piles with the help of Aylesbury Vale Green Spaces and the Vale Countryside Volunteers.

Ragged Robin on the trail

Ragged Robin on the trail in June

Bird Survey 2014 – 2015 

This was started lin October 2014 by volunteers, Ian Hadgkiss and Laurie Bryant. Local expert, Ian Hadgkiss has had a long career as a zoologist and naturalist working for many years as Curator of Birds at Waddesdon Manor. Laurie Bryant is an experienced ornithologist who carries out local survey work for BBOWT (Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust).

 

Future Plans

Since we started on the project, the farm has already become home – not just to rare breed farm animals – but also to more wildlife. We want to build on this and future plans include a  a wildlife pond where there will be pond-dipping and our Nature-Lab for getting a closer look at the more microscopic wildlife. There will always be something new to see as the seasons change here at Green Dragon!