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Conservation at Shabden Park Farm

Find out more about conservation and wildlife at the farm;

At Shabden Park Farm, our ethos is that traditional farming methods are not just beneficial to the countryside and wildlife habitats, but that some species depend on it for survival.

Read more about butterflies which depend on sensitively grazed grassland.

176 acres (71 hectares), or approximately two thirds of the farm is land managed under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. This includes all of the Shabden valley. Countryside Stewardship is a scheme which enables farmers and land managers to protect and restore vulnerable areas of the countryside, including threatened wildlife habitats such as chalk downland.

The farm is located within a protected site of Surrey Wildlife Trust who manage it on a lease from Surrey County Council. We work closely with SWT Countryside Services who help to maintain the public access points and offer help and advice on managing the land for wildlife.

As the restoration of the chalk grassland has progressed, new species of flora and fauna are identified each year. We monitor chalk downland butterflies on the farm and we are managing some areas specifically to improve the breeding areas of these species of butterfly.

Haymaking with Meadow Brown in foreground
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