The Farm

The Farm

Abbotts Hall Farm is a working farm, but there are many footpaths for visitors to enjoy. Essex Wildlife Trust has made changes to the farm, such as improving the farm for wildlife. This has included restoration and creation of hedgerows, the addition of field margins around all fields, restoration and creation of ponds, beetlebank strips through the middle of arable fields and planting woodland on the edges and corners of fields. The choice of crop species has been changed as some crops support more wildlife and some are more resistant to pests. Essex Wildlife Trust is now producing its own bird seed.

Some fields towards the Blackwater Estuary have been established as grazing fields and are often grazed by sheep, but they also offer additional habitats for wildlife to flourish including Skylarks. A new lake was built, at the time of the coastal realignment and visitors can often see a range of ducks and large numbers of Little Egrets roosting. A good variety of Warblers can be seen around the vegetation at the edges. A whole range of crops are grown and as visitors walk around the fields, there are signs at the side of the fields to show what is being grown.