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Work Party : Fence demolition
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Manor Farm consists of restored farmland adjacent to the Rectory Homes residential development in Byfleet. The majority of land at Manor Farm was formerly intensively farmed for salad crops and has been transformed into meadows and pasture. This has brought both wildlife benefits and an enhanced landscape to the area.
The restored fields attract wildlife such as skylarks, pied wagtails, linnets and roe deer. An additional small parcel of land nearest to the River Wey is also an established haven for wildlife. As a wet meadow that has not been intensively farmed, it represents an increasingly rare habitat in Surrey.
Manor Farm also has an extra, combined importance, because of its close proximity to Wisley and Ockham Common (a Site of Special Scientific Interest within the Thames Basin Special Protection Area) which the Trust also manages.
In the long-term, Manor Farm is envisaged to form part of a project to connect up a number of sites in and around the Manor Farm and Wisley and Ockham area to create a wider ‘Living Landscape’. This will include creating wildlife corridors to link the Trust’s nearby sites of a similar habitat type, so that wildlife can move freely from one area to another, in response to changing climate and other pressures.
Visitors wishing to use the bird hide are kindly asked to contact the Ranger, James Herd on 07891 850882 / email email@example.com to arrange access.
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Habitat : Chalk Grassland