Heapfield Farm is a small family run, traditional livestock farm. We dont farm intensively and use a lot of traditional methods. Such as not over-mowing or cutting the hedgrows back. We only use organic fertilizer for our fields. The grass is an organic grass and clover mix, which is rich in natural nutrients for our cattle.
The wild outside your door
Heapfield is our home and yours while you stay wth us, and its also a des res for our natural neibours. thats why we're bringing back lots of lovely hedgerows (a favourite wildlife hideaway) and working on carful mowing regimes to create wonder wild areas. We'd love to tell you more about what we are doing while you visit us. To make sure we get everything just right, we are working with groups like the RSPB and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to get the best tips and advice.
What might I see? (see gallery)
With a little patience and luck, you might see brown hares scampering in the fields, or elusive roe deer at dawn and dusk. Sunset also brings the chance of a ghostly barn owl or tawny owl, whilst the big skies of summer offer singing skylarks, displaying lapwings and haunting call of the curlew.
A little further afield
Riverside ramble - were just minutes away from the brand new reserve of Skerne Wetlands alongside the crystal clear West Beck. Trails are currently limited, but you can still enjoy a chance of barn owls, kingfishers or a real treat like water voles, marsh harrier, or even an otter. Just ask us for the best routes.
Seabird cities - we are less than half an hour from the famous puffin and gannet colonies of Bempton and Flamborough Cliffs, along with the family-friendly Living Sea Centre - a top spot for rock-pooling!
Wetland wonders - also just a short drive is Tophil Low, a nature reserve with a growing reputation for kingfishers, otters, orchins and barn owls and a winter spectacle of wildfowl not to be missed .
Walk the Wolds - the Yorkshire Wolds have inspired countless artists and naturalists, including local wildlife hero Rober Ruller. David Hockney has drawn inspiration from all over the Wolds and has been spotted painting quietly by a road! Barn owls, butterflies and red kits are all possible amongst the secluded valleys and National Walking Trail and along the Cycle Loop Lines (one of which passes the farm).
For star gazers, the Yorkshire Wolds offer large areas of uninterrupted dark skies with little light pollution - perfect to lying back and delving into the cosmos. We are also close the Yorkshire's famous East Coas, an ideal viewing location for the NOrthern Lights or Aurora Borealis when conditions are right.
We are one train stop from Driffield - with its huge annual agricultural show (mid July) and the very popular steam fair (August). In the other direction one stop gets you into the heart of Bridlington with plenty of shows and concerts at The Spa.
Our historic houses in the area include Sledmere, Burton Agnes, Sewerby Hall, and of course, less than an hour away you will find the vibrant City Of Cutltre 2017 - Hull.
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