Spring Newborns Delight the Crowds at Farm Open Day
The event was open to members of the Trust, who got the chance to cuddle lambs, meet the cows and learn about the charity’s conservation work.
The Belted Galloway calves and Hill Radnor lambs will grow up to be part of the Trust’s conservation grazing herd. The grazing team is experiencing a bit of a baby boom this spring with around 170 new arrivals expected.
“This is always a really exciting and extremely busy time of year for us, with lambing and calving season in full swing,” said James Stoyles, the Trust’s Stockman.
“The open day gave our members the chance to get up close to the newborns, hear about our work and to tour our new farm, which is set in beautiful countryside – it was a great family event.”
Luisa, aged 11, from Godalming, said: “I’ve never held a lamb before and it was so soft and warm. We watched the calves drinking milk from their mums – they were so sweet!”
James added: “The baby animals are very cute, but they also have a really important role to play in the conservation of heathland and chalk grassland habitats in the county and the preservation of the wildlife that lives there.”
The Trust uses its animals to graze land around the county including Chobham Common, and Thundry Meadows, near Elstead. It also grazes on behalf of other landowners including The National Trust, on sites such as Box Hill, near Dorking and Petersham Meadows, near Richmond.
Grazing is the most natural method of looking after the landscape and the animals can access areas that machinery can’t. Grazing has less impact than burning or cutting would, so allowing slower moving species to thrive.