Swallowtail Hill, Beckley
a passion that is constantly rewarding
- Sarah Broadbent, Owner
Swallowtail Hill is a family run farm in the Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 40 acres of wildflower meadow and woodland are managed purely for conservation and this has become a beacon site for biodiversity, managed under Higher Level Environmental Stewardship.
The owners offer unique glamping holidays where guests can enjoy the landscape they have created. A Forest School is run regularly on the farm and they frequently host school trips and special interest groups who want to learn about conservation and wildflower meadows. The meadows are accessible to the public by invitation / booking only.
Mrs and Mrs Broadbent - Swallowtail Hill
Species to spot
Best time to see: June - Aug.
Large and daisy-like, the oxeye tends to bloom around midsummer and in fact is called the Sunnwendbleaml - or 'solstice flower' - in Austria. Before the 16th century it was known as the 'Moon Daisy' or 'Dog Daisy'.
Best time to see: All year.
Its silent flight and piercing screech have earnt it names like 'ghost owl' and 'death owl'. Able to hunt both night and day its heart-shaped face directs high-frequency sounds, helping it to find its prey. Image © Les Binns.
Small blue butterfly
Best time to see: May - June
Our smallest native butterfly isn't actually especialy blue, despite its name with its upper wings being mainly dark brown. Its caterpillars feed on kidney vetch. Image © Harald Süpfle/CC BY-SA