Wildlife

We are able to support a huge range of wildlife on the farm – from invertebrates to mammals and birds. The deer are a glorious sight especially on a frosty bright winter morning. There are foxes, badgers and hares fighting, like hares do. The buzzards, hawks and owls are simply thrilling. Songbirds multiply noisily, and when they get too popular, the kestrels sort them out.

Clive Hill, our livestock manager, tells us a bit about organic and the wildlife at Eastbrook Farm.

“For us, organic farming way is a way of producing food crops in an ethical and sustainable away without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides or other artificial chemicals. This has added benefits for the environment too – and studies have shown that, on average, organic farms have 25% more bird species, 75% more plants and 50% more pollinators like butterflies and bees.

My passion is birds and particularly birds of prey. As they are at the top of the food chain they are a very good indicator of how productive the food web is. No prey means no predators, and my tally for Eastbrook is 12 different species of raptor. On one memorable day whilst we were harvesting I saw five species of raptor in one field from my tractor – surely an indicator of how organic farming and successful ecosystems go hand in hand.

I love the changing seasons, the fact that no two days are the same and that I get the opportunity to see and get very close to nature every working day. It gives me pleasure to show some of the many visitors our animals and explain our farming methods. In some small way I hope that this can make a difference – to show people how the food they eat can be produced whilst protecting the fragile environment we live in.”

Helen Browning’s
Organic Farm & Food

Helen Browning’s
Royal Oak

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 Just wanted to say a big thank you to Tim and all the staff. Returned home after being thoroughly looked after everything was perfect. My girls have already made me promise to get some of your burgers when I'm next in – Jason

 Incredibly welcoming! Excellent food!! Peroni on draft!!! What more could you want in such an idiillic setting? – Dave

 Great social distancing measures in place. Food is as amazing as always! Well done Royal Oak and thanks to the team! – Sally

Farm Safaris for livestock, landscapes and wildlife at Eastbrook Farm

We’re now combining  everything—the pigs, the cows and calves, the landscapes, the wildlife—deer, owls, badgers, flora and fauna generally, although not all of it appears on cue.  Our colleague James Andrews, expert at wildlife photography among other skills, will lead the ‘Safari’ tours, in the red land rover

Tackling the virus crisis ...

We have set up a farm shop at the Royal Oak in Bishopstone for groceries, organic meat and freshly prepared meals to take-away during the current restrictions on in-house dining. Please see our social media for updates and a full list of available produce. 

We are recruiting ...

Helen Browning's Royal Oak is seeking candidates for a new full time position: Retail manager & business administration; a full time post available within our hospitality and retail business, based on one of the UK’s most progressive organic farms.

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