Farming and Wildlife: Growing Together
Lime Pits Farm is a pioneering farming and conservation project just 2 1/2 miles north of Walsall Town Centre. Countryside Services work in partnership with the local farmer to show that a modern farm can be both productive and a haven for wildlife. With funding from the government's Countryside Stewardship scheme, the land is managed in a way that helps wildlife and still enables productive, economical farming.
The Countryside Stewardship scheme is now being changed over to the new High Level Environmental Stewardship Scheme, and the staff here at Countryside Services are very excited about the next few years. Some of the planned schemes include:
Large margins around the farmers fields will be left for wildlife.
Pollination seed mixes will be planted in suitable areas to encourage butterflies and bees.
Hedgerows will be managed with wildlife in mind, and new hedgerows will be laid.
Winter crops to provide seed for birds will be expanded and new seed mixes will be tried out.
A new nestbox scheme will be included, putting up bird and bat boxes on site.
Countryside Services and the Farmer are also working with the Black Country Biodiversity Group, who are going to be monitoring the bats, birds and other wildlife on site so that we can have a clear idea of the success of the scheme.
If you've not already been there, we'd really recommend visiting Lime Pits Farm. There is a public footpath through the site, which connects onto the Park Lime Pits trail, and leads up to the canal which leads back to the Park Lime Pits car park - its a brilliant circular walk, and is full of wildlife at all times of the year. We'll be uploading a new leaflet of the trail very soon!
Parking: Car Park on Park Road, off Daw End Lane
Buses: numbers 997 runs every 10 minutes from Walsall, alight at Daw End Lane
Nature Trails: Circular route around reserve, connects to Lime Pits Farm walk
Wildlife to see: Farmland birds (lapwings, barn owl), bees & butterflies, mammals
This site is great for: Walking, watching wildlife
Grid Reference: SP 030 999
Please note - you will need to have Google Earth installed on your computer to open some of these files.