School trip to Bickley Hall Farm
Bickley Hall Farm is a 210 acre (86ha) organic working farm located just outside Malpas in the heart of rural Cheshire. As the HQ of Cheshire Wildlife Trust) the farm has a dedicated nature trail leading off the popular Sandstone Trail walking route.
As part of a wildlife-friendly farm management regime supported by Natural England’s Countryside Stewardship Scheme our species-rich hay meadows and pastures along with their flower rich margins and wild bird seed plots, bordered by diverse hedgerows are great for invertebrates, small mammals and in particular, hundreds of feeding farmland birds in autumn and winter.
Their fields of spring sown cereals with overwintered stubbles host hundreds of finches and other seed eating birds and our mosaic of wet meadows, intersected by a network of ditches and scattered ponds are managed specifically for wintering and breeding wading birds.