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Farm Walks & Talks Events
Thanks to all who attended on the 31st May 2015, we hope you really enjoyed the day, we’re hoping for another walk in the Spring/Autumn* next year & will let you know details as soon as they are available.
*Apologies to those who were hoping at attend a September walk we were planning, unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances, we were unable to organise this.
31st May 2015 – With The RSPB & Chichester Harbour Conservancy on the Medmerry Wildlife Reserve’s Coastal Grazing Marshes
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Book you places now to avoid disappointment – please see below for details
Three Harbours Beef with The RSPB and Chichester Harbour Conservancy are holding a free of charge Walks & Talks experience on the stunning flower and herbal-rich salt-tinted coastal grazing marshes of Medmerry Wildlife Reserve, Earnley, Chichester, home to our farmer Jez Clay’s beautiful Aberdeen Angus & Sussex free range cattle.
This special event is being held to help locals learn more about this significant RSPB Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest
These stunning coastal marshes, are part of the important new Medmerry flood defence scheme. Our farmers, the RSPB and Chichester Harbour Conservancy will talk about the scheme in detail, including how and why the land has been changed to benefit and protect the local community and promote a thriving inter-tidal habitat. You will also learn about the important role our farmers play in supporting & managing the wildlife, habitats & landscapes of these beautiful sites. Find out the reasons behind the Three Harbours Beef Scheme & how we support farmers in conserving the valuable marsh. Discover the issues with coastal farming including sea level rise, the long-term future of sea walls and the importance of inter-tidal habitats. Plus of course see the cattle in their natural environment & find out about the important role they play in helping to manage the coastal grazing marsh.
There will be 4 walks, each lasting around 1-1.5 hours, starting at 10.30am, 11.00, 11.30 & 1.30pm. Walks are free of charge. Weather permitting, a BBQ will be held with Three Harbours Beef Burgers available for a small charge. On site parking and other facilities are available at Medmerry Park, including hot and cold snacks and refreshments from the Medmerry Arms Country Pub.
To attend, please book places with Nicki, Colin or Stella on 07807 951885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Harbours Beef would like to thank Medmerry Park, The RSPB and Chichester Harbour Conservancy for their much appreciated support in running this event. Please note we regret but no dogs will be allowed on the walks. Many thanks
250 People Turn Out To See The Free Ranging Cows!
A fun filled day was had by all as cows & people mingled happily at the Three Harbours Beef Farm Walks & Talks on Northney Farm, Hayling Island recently. Around 250 people of all ages visited Northney Farm when, for the first time, the farm opened its doors to the public.
The day was a joint venture between the farm, Three Harbours Beef & Chichester Harbour Conservancy, & was sponsored by the Friends of Chichester Harbour. Walkers were shown around the farm & met experts on the way to explain some of the issues facing farmers today
As a coastal farm in Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Northney Farm has joined the Three Harbours Beef Scheme. The beef from the free range cows raised on these salt-tinted, herbal-rich marshes is sold locally through farm shops & a box scheme. The scheme works to protect coastal grazing marshes, a key habitat for wildlife such as Lapwing, Oyster Catchers & Water Voles, & wildflowers such as Southern Marsh Orchids
The walks on these stunningly beautiful coastal landscapes (designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest & County Wildlife Sites), offered the chance to see the fantastic views over the harbour, & the special flora & fauna reliant upon the marsh. The importance of the marsh was also explained & visitors were shown the free range Three Harbours beef cattle, who were very interested & happy to say hello to many of the walkers.
During the Open Day, visitors learnt about the coastal defence issues facing many of our farmers with land adjoining the shoreline. John Blamire, Farming & Environmental advisor also explained the importance of native hedgerows, Ed Rowsell Conservation Officer & wildlife expert was also on hand to explain the importance of species residing on the marsh. Farmer Mary Pike told the groups about their farm & how they sell their produce direct through their Farm shop – Stoke Fruit Farm, crops produced include wheat, potatoes & peas. A dairy herd of about 80 cows provides fresh milk & the farm is planning to include ice cream in its products from next year. In addition they now provide beef cattle to the scheme, Mary said “I’m very keen to develop this side of the business, which is able to provide high-quality beef with low food miles & an environmental & ethical edge”.
Back in the barn, the family were serving hot beef-burgers, sausages & Chilli from Three Harbours Beef, & Stoke Fruit Farm Shop had a colourful display of their produce for sale. Nigel Roper for the Friends of Chichester Harbour, who supported the day commented ‘it was a great atmosphere with families enjoying seeing the farm & then being able to tuck into quality burgers afterwards. The Friends are keen to support farmers who are essential to the management of land within the AONB.’
Three Harbours Beef hold Farm Walks & Talks usually twice a year. If you are interested in attending future walks please contact Nicki on 07807 951885 or email your contact information to email@example.com stating Walks Interest. Thank you.