According to the Woodland Trust, ancient woodland is home to more threatened wildlife than any other land-based habitat in the UK. Just two per cent of the UK’s land area is now covered by ancient woodland, making it crucially important that what remains is properly protected.

Trill Farm's woodland is full of deadwood and nutrient rich soil laid down by centuries of falling leaves. This habitat provides home and food to a vast array of insect species, that in turn feed birds, bats and mammals including dormice. 

Our woodlands really are a wonder. We have a number rare species of bat – the Grey long eared, Barbastelles, and Lesser horseshoes, along with Soprano and Common pipistrelles, Serotine and Brown long eared bat.

We have recorded 32 different bird species on the farm so far, including several birds on the RSPB’s red list of concern – House sparrows, Song thrushes and Yellowhammers - and many from their amber list.

Three social groups of badgers can be seen at dusk, and groups of roe and sika deer roam the land. Otter spraint (droppings) and paw prints have been recorded along our stream, though this elusive creature has only been spotted twice in the flesh since we’ve been here. 

We sit within a huge web of connections among the rocks, the soil, the water, through to the micro-organisms, the plants and animals, and of course, humans. As a species we need to recognise how we affect, and are affected by changes in any part of the system. 

We recognise the importance of protecting and maintaining this incredible environment through championing sustainable woodland management, minimising our energy use, and being efficient in the use of our materials and resources. This means we make use of naturally fallen timber around the farm for fencing, repairs and also for our DIY and woodland workshops, which we also use to educate about the importance of the woodland.