Thorn tree, Henderland
This species rich field provides ideal sheep feed giving good quality soft, fine sheep hay. It's one of stonier fields on farm, which has been family farmed since 1863. The name Thorn Tree refers to a thorn that used to stand in the field however the tree was cut down in WW1 for firewood.
Header image above by Jim Mitchell
Species to spot
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.
Best time to see: May - Sept.
A semi-parasitic flower, that feeds off nutrients in nearby grass roots. In doing so it helps restrict the vigorous grasses, allowing more delicate wildflowers to emerge. Its 'rattle' is from tiny seeds in their pods.