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At Wrangcombe farm, we are dedicated to restoring and preserving natural ecosystems through the practice of rewilding. Located in Somerset, our farm spans 120 acres of diverse landscapes where we work towards creating thriving habitats for native flora and fauna.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote biodiversity conservation, ecological restoration, and sustainable land management practices. We aim to create harmonious balance between human activities and the natural world, allowing ecosystems to flourish and benefit both wildlife and the local community.

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Rewilding

Rewilding

Rewilding is a conservation strategy that aims to restore and protect natural ecosystems by reintroducing native species, removing human interference, and allowing natural processes to occur.

There is justifiably a growing interest amongst land managers about rewilding. It is a concept used by people who manage land with ecology and biodiversity as a priority rather than to suit whatever is being agriculturally grown, be that wheat or meat. Knepp in Sussex is a leading example of how this can be done in the UK, and the book 'Wilding' by Isabella Tree is a wonderful starting point for more information.

In general, rewilding in the UK needs some sort of management. The larger the area you are leaving to nature, the less input is required. In a perfect situation there would be thousands of acres of land, with a mixture of large herbivores and predators to keep their numbers balanced. In the UK we no longer have the native predators that would have done this job previously such as wolves, bears and Lynx. This means animal numbers need to be restricted and managed. Large herbivores such as cattle, deer and horses are essential to keep the landscape varied and not simply turning to woodland. By browsing and controlling growth, areas are left open allowing the sunshine in and a greater variety of plant species to grow. Whilst woodland provides sustenance, for many species it is the mixture of various habitats that really increases wildlife both in variety and quantity.

Wrangcombe farm presently has 120 acres of land, there is a myriad of different wildlife and habitats including acidic, sandy heathland, clay water meadows, woodland, scrubland, spring line mires, and many hidden glades of old flowering meadows. Some of the land is already very much 'wilded', due to steep slopes, plunging goyles (a type of small valley) and wet conditions, this land was inaccesible to farm machinery and so has been left untouched by modern farming practices.

We plan to continue to look after the land with a very hands off approach. Broadly we have three distinct areas, each with unique attributes. Firstly, there is 55 acres of heathland at the highest point of the land. We will need to manage this to ensure that bracken doesn't take over and the heathland flowers aren't overcome. It is hoped that cattle and potential pony grazing will maintain this. Here we have nightjars nesting, adders basking in the sun and beautiful purple heather. Secondly, we have roughly 30 acres of semi-improved grassland. It is here that we wish to make the most of the changes and let nature do as she wants. In the medium term we hope this turns into scrubland, one of the most species rich habitats. Lastly, we have 35 acres of woodland, scrubland and old meadows, some of which is inaccessible. This is the small 'wilded' part mentioned before. Thousands of Orchids flower in meadows hidden in glades dotted through the wood and scrubland. Owls patrol the open areas, bats flit in the night air eating the plethora of insects that thrive in the scrubland and in the Autumn, edible mushrooms of many types grow.

There is a stream that arises at the top of the land and winds its way down the Wrangcombe valley. We intend to create ponds to further increase the biodiversity. There is a large population of Roe deer at the farm, and we graze english and long horn cattle during the summer months. The cattle roam freely over 65 acres and show many nature behaviours that aren't so obvious in an open, smaller field such as taking it in turns to babysit the calves as the rest of the herd go off to graze, or a mother removing herself from the herd to give birth only to reappear days later to introduce the new addition. We have tried to cut paths through the more inaccessible places in the farm and intend to provide guided walks through the land.

The transformative practice of rewilding empowers us to reconnect with the land in a sustainable and mutually beneficial way, creating a powerful ripple effect of positive impact on the surrounding ecosystem and the broader community. As we embrace rewilding on the farm, we embark on a journey of environmental renewal and conservation, cherishing our natural heritage and safeguarding it for future generations.

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Wrangcombe farm

Located in Somerset, our farm spans 120 acres of diverse landscapes where we work towards creating thriving habitats for native flora and fauna.

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