Downland Walk with Henry Edmunds
07 February 2013
In the video you are about to see Henry Edmunds walks through a small part of the chalk downland he has restored describing the plants that now thrive there.
Click on the link to proceed: http://www.pasturepromise.tv/video.php?videoid=97
Nature of Farming Award 2012
15 October 2012
Henry Edmunds, owner of the Cholderton Estate in Wiltshire, has been crowned the UK's most wildlife-friendly farmer 2012.
Henry is the first English winner of the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award, and he's a worthy winner indeed.
A vital community role
Cholderton is a mixed organic farm, and their motto is 'sustainable agriculture in practice'.
Since the Estate was formed by Henry's great-grandfather in the 1880's, it has been an important employer in the area. Henry strongly believes that the Estate must continue this vital role in the community.
He believes providing for wildlife is as essential to the community as the employment and food that the Estate produces.
Teeming with wildlife
Careful management has seen lapwing numbers increasing, and the Estate also supports turtle doves.
Over 450 moth species have been recorded, 10% of which are classed as UK rarities.
Woodlands have also managed to attract back the Duke of Burgundy Fritillary; a rare butterfly that has been recorded in three separate areas across the farm.
You can read more about Henry and the Estate's work here.
Henry believes providing for wildlife is as essential to the community as the employment and food that the Estate produces.
Nature of Farming Award 2012
20 July 2012
Henry Edmunds the owner of the Cholderton Estate has won the Nature of Farming Award for the South West Region and has been selected as one ofthe four national finalists. From today members of the public are being asked to choose the UK’s most wildlife-friendly farmer. Details of how to vote can be found by clicking on the following link which leads to the RSPB website:
For the past thirty years Henry has aimed to achieve a balance between modern agriculture and the preservation of the countryside, with a belief that farming is a close co-operation between productivity and conservation.
Chalk grassland, grazed by the native Hampshire Downs sheep, is alive with flowers and buzzing with insects, including rare bumblebees, moths and butterflies, amongst them the stunning adonis blue.
Elsewhere on the farm corn buntings, lapwings and grey partridges thrive amongst the crops, alongside brown hares, diminutive harvest mice and rare arable plants such as cornflower and Martin’s ramping fumitory.
This abundance of wildlife sits neatly alongside food production where the harvest delivers a healthy landscape, economy and environment.
Cast your vote for Henry Edmunds - by voting, you help the RSPB fight for a fairer deal for all wildlife-friendly farmers.
21 September 2011
Around 2,000 Barberry Carpet moth larvae have been introduced to the organically managed Cholderton Estate. Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation timed the release to take place in the evening, giving the larvae a better chance of avoiding predators such as wasps and birds.
Click Here to read the full press release by Butterfly Conservation
Barn Owls at Cholderton
20 July 2011
At Cholderton, this year Matt Stevens from the Hawk Conservancy has checked our barn owl boxes. The Hawk Conservancy supplied two boxes through their Fund-A-Bird project (www.hawk-conservancy.org).
Click on the Nature & Wildlife tab to see how the Barn Owls have fared.
05 July 2011
The official handover and opening of the new factory built by the Estate for Country Leisure GRP Ltd. will take place today.
Country Leisure has been providing quality GRP mouldings since 1985. The company has grown with its success ever since, moving from four other facilities with an ever expanding workforce, to today's custom built production complex at Cholderton.
Ringing Stone Curlews
27 July 2010
Two Stone Curlew pairs have successfully reared a total of 4 chickson on one of the least accssible parts of the estate. The nesting sites, which were situated 1000 metres apart on 2 hectare fallow sites, were unobstrusively but nevertheless carefully protected.
Sea Eagles - a letter from Henry Edmunds
14 June 2010
Henry Edmunds has had a letter published in the Daily Telegraph on the subject of the re-introduction of Sea Eagles into southern England and the misguided information on the threat this will pose to livestock.
Moths & Bats Evening
20 May 2010
Twenty-three people attended the Bats & Moths evening at Cholderton on National Moth Night. Organised by the RSPB and hosted by Henry Edmunds the event was a great success despite the unseasonally cool weather.
04 January 2010