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The Farm

Paul and Louise Cooke have lived at Stanny for 25 years. During that time they have strived to improve the efficiency of the farm whilst always having a sympathetic eye towards enhancing the wildlife character of the locality. Both elements have responded to the Cooke’s touch and today Stanny House Farm is a modern well-run farming enterprise which also incorporates a host of exciting wildlife.

The 750 acres of the farm are split almost equally between arable fields and lowland wet grasslands grazed by sheep. Lambing takes place in early Spring in a large barn up in the farmyard complex. The young lambs and their mothers are then turned out onto the fields
Half of the farm comprises arable fields of light, upland soils. They are well suited to crops such as onions (seen here), rye and barley which are grown in rotation with other crops in most years. This view looks north across the grassland marshes to the estuary in the distance
A series of lagoons with islands were created in two phases in 2005 and 2011
Wading Bird
The islands are used by breeding birds and the shallow waters are an ideal feeding site for migrant waders
Small areas of woodland add to the biodiversity of the farm. Some have been here for several hundred years whilst other areas were planted by the Cookes 20 years ago. Shown here is Low Carr, a piece of old wet woodland with many fine specimens of alder
Redlands (corrupted from “Reedlands”) is another area of old alder carr with more modern planting plus a spring-fed pond which attracts a great many species of wildlife
Crag Pit
There are a number of old crag pits on the farm which were once quarried and used as a source of fertiliser on the fields. This particular pit is a Geological SSSI and contains an interesting series of fossils