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Gawmless End is a Registered Smallholding. Its fields are rich in plant species, many of which are becoming rare these days: for generations the type of farming carried out here has been traditional haymaking and livestock management.
The haymaking season is short because of regional and altitude factors, and the fields are small and steep: for this reason, making hay with small-scale equipment and late in the season is a necessity. This is what has preserved much of the traditional flora. Because of this we are taking part in the RSPB's TWITE RECOVERY PROJECT. This little brown bird is getting very rare, so habitats like ours which contain its main food plants are being preserved in order to help it survive.
See also the page about our Jacob Sheep- and in order to assist the Twite Recovery Project we now have our own cows, which will help to keep the pasture in good order. You can read about our
BRITISH WHITE CATTLE here.A few chickens are usually kept. Currently we've got Warrens, a hybrid breed based on Rhode Island Reds, which we also used to keep. Prior to a visit from local foxes, we had Silver Dorkings and Barnevelders. (More on Barnevelders here.) It is difficult to get replacement stock of the rare RED DORKINGS these days, and we have had to stop keeping these (more on the Dorking Breed here and here.
Doing it oneselfSmallholding is farming on a small scale. The economics of this do not support the purchase of expensive equipment, so what cannot be hired is made from materials to hand. There is always something to make or mend.
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