Winter Farmland
The Farm

Paul and Louise Cooke have lived here for 25 years and during that time have improved the efficiency of the farm whilst always having a sympathetic eye towards enhancing the wildlife character of the locality.

Both elements have responded to the Cooke’s touch and today, Stanny House Farm is a modern well-run farming enterprise which also incorporates a host of exciting wildlife.

The 750 acres of the farm are divided, almost equally, into arable fields and lowland wet grasslands. The grasslands are grazed by sheep. Lambing takes place in a large barn up in the farmyard complex. The young lambs and the mothers are then turned out onto the fields.
The high light lands grow such crops as onions (seen here), looking north across the grassland marshes to the estuary in the distance. Most grassland fields have a cut for silage or hay in July/August.
A series of lagoons with islands have been created between 2005 and 2011. These are used by breeding birds and the shallow waters are an ideal feeding site for migrant waders. The small Dutch-made wind pump can put water into the lagoons where man-made islands host breeding birds and migrant waders.
On the light, sandy soils that are the farms ‘uplands’ rye, potatoes and onions are some of the crops grown.