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Along the Moors - The Wall

The Wall Farm

Traditional Fenn Carr Is Being Conserved At The Wall Farm
Traditional Fenn Carr Is Being Conserved At The Wall Farm

Despite the continuing threat of decomposition, the moorlands around The Wall continue to retain significant peat deposits and important work is currently being undertaken to conserve and enhance the delicate moorland habitat. At The Wall Farm, which has been in existence since at least the mid-1500s, a long-term programme of reverting farm land to wet pasture and traditional fen habitat has enabled once abundant moorland flora and fauna to re-colonise the area, encouraging the bio-diversity for which peatlands are highly prized. Traditional methods of haymaking (allowing seeds to drop and settle for the following year) have also been adopted, allowing re-sown wildflower meadows to thrive, while rare breed sheep and cattle, which take longer to mature and are better suited to grazing, help to sustain many different grasses and flowers.

Re-wetting of pasture has also encouraged many farmland birds to re-visit this part of the moorlands, with over 147 species having now been recorded in the area, including Barn Owls, Skylarks and Yellow Hammer. By reversing the flow of pumps previously used to dry the land, water from the Strine Brook has been used to create a marsh and pools. A bird hide has also been provided to complement a series of public footpaths and permissive bridleways running through the farm, which has received a prestigious RSPB President’s Award for its work.