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So far it is being a very successful year for raptors at the farm. Eight new barn owls and four
new kestrels have hatched, the latest arrivals on July 1st. These owlets were from Glebe Barn
and have been ringed by Emily Joachim of the UK Little Owl Project, pictured here with Dave
Scales from Pertwood.
At Pertwood, we like plants growing on our roads. The road planings we use are relatively porous
and by spreading digestate on our roads which provides organic matter for the surface, we are
finding that plants are taking advantage of the opportunity to germinate. They in turn penetrate
through the material into the top soil beneath and flourish. We are left with nothing more than
tracks defined by the wheels of the vehicles using those roads. There is also significant
encroachment from the sides which help to ensure that the edges of the roads are almost normal
in terms of their ability to support plantlife.