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National Insect Week at Sheepdrove

21 Jun 2016 by Ellie Bunn

This week on the farm we are celebrating National Insect Week. The week is designed to encourage people of all ages to learn more
about insects and raise awareness of these very important creatures and how they keep nature running smoothly.

National Insect Week at Sheepdrove Organic Farm

Being an organic farm we rely on a wide range of insects. These little creatures are all critical to the eco-system of our organic farm, providing food for wildlife, ensuring pollination, contributing to soil health, and preying on crop pests. We carry out seasonal surveys on butterflies and bumblebees and are pleased to have identified 13 different species of Bumblebee on the farm.

We kicked off insect week by hosting a Bug Safari event here at the eco-conference centre. The afternoon was well attended by adults, kids and grandparents; there really was something on offer for everyone. We started off on the butterfly bank with bugs pots and sweep nets in hand. Everyone had a go at catching insects along the way and they were all identified by our expert entomologist. There was lots to be seen from Small Blue butterflies, Millipedes and Crickets.
We then climbed aboard the tractor and trailer for a short tour of the farm looking at the grass rich meadows, hedgerows and field margins all which contribute to the diverse range of insects we host on the farm. To finish off the day the children had a go at making their very own insect hotels to take home with them. In the conference centre we had insect specimens available to look at under our digital microscope. Everyone had a great day.
If you are interested in more events like this coming up please see our events page 

Author: Ellie Bunn

How to find us

For directions using Sat Nav or Google Maps always enter 'Sheepdrove Road, Lambourn' and then follow the signs to Sheepdrove Organic Farm and/or Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre. DO NOT USE THE FARM ADDRESS POSTCODE AS THIS WILL NOT DIRECT YOU THE CORRECT WAY   The best option is to click here for driving directions from the East, West via M4 (via junction 14) or from the North via A34.

Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Sheepdrove Road, Lambourn, Berkshire, RG17 7UU, United Kingdom