Rewilding Honey Bees

Rewilding honey bees at Sheepdrove

The Sheepdrove “Rocket” Freedom Hive – made from Sheepdrove larch with its gnarly legs provided by Sheepdrove stag oak branches by Matt Somerville from Bee Kind Hives ably assisted by Sheepdrove’s Mike Barker – was assembled at the end of the avenue opposite the metal sheep sculptures. Matt makes several sorts of freedom hives for […]

Sheepdrove BeeWalk

Walkers enjoying the sunshine as part of Sheepdrove's annual beewalk

We were so lucky with the weather for May’s BeeWalk at Sheepdrove, which happened to take place on World Bee Day. BeeWalk is a national recording scheme run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to monitor the abundance of bumblebees on transects across the country.  These transects would be impossible without volunteers, who identify and count the […]

CPD Approved Retreats at Sheepdrove

View from the Boathouse, Sheepdrove

21st June 2024 – Recharge Retreat £175 11th Oct 2024 – Nature Connection £175 One day recharges for healthcare and other high stakes professionals.  These retreats are an invitation to step away and consider your individual needs: for you to feel calm in order to observe your story and visualise your life context and its place within nature […]

A New Hedgerow Shelter for Sheepdrove Wildlife

Stone sign and Sheepdrove hedgerow

It always a pleasure to welcome local hedge layer and woodsman Tom Fortune (based in Kintbury) back to the farm.  Tom found time in his busy schedule to squeeze in laying an overgrown mixed native hedgerow that borders the “sheepdrove” aka drovers road and the farm track that leads to Greendown Farm and the Wantage […]

Barn Owls at Sheepdrove

Barn Owl

Some pictures from a busy day earlier in the month with accredited BTO bird ringer and owl man Captain Jerry Woodham, ably assisted by Sheepdrove Organic Farm’s Mike Barker, checking the owl boxes for condition and clearing out those that had become full of droppings or been taken over by other unwanted guests! Most of the boxes […]

January Wedding Open Day

Wedding Open Day

Come and visit our beautiful contemporary rustic barn venue on our organic farm on a relaxed Sunday afternoon at at our January Wedding Open Day which is taking place on 28th January 2024 from 11am-4pm. The event spaces, tipis, guest accommodation, gardens and grounds are yours to explore at your leisure, some lovely local suppliers […]

Oxford Real Farming Conference 2024

Oxford Real Farming Conference

An inspiring – and tiring – two days at the fifteenth Oxford Real Farming Conference – so much to think about after a brilliant couple of days of listening and learning with 400+ speakers over nine venues and 3,500+ delegates in person and online!  Livestock grazing, market gardening, soil health or food sovereignty … ORFC24 had it covered.  And it’s not over yet – […]

Nature’s Recovery

Sheepdrove visitors transported by trailer and tractor

“Integrated futures for farming and nature’s recovery – is there a win win scenario?” An inspiring and informative afternoon spent in the company of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust and a group of local land managers who had gathered for a rather blowy tractor and trailer ride at Sheepdrove Organic Farm on the Lambourn Downs […]

Go Stargazing at Sheepdrove

night sky

We are delighted to be hosting an evening of stargazing at Sheepdrove on Friday 17th October at 6.30pm. Some of the Sheepdrove team were lucky enough to attend one of the fascinating stargazing evenings with the astronomers at Marlborough College’s Blackett Observatory last winter so when we were approached by Jacky Aklam, project officer at […]

Green Weekend in the Lambourn Valley

Green Weekend banner

Everyone is very welcome at the second Green Weekend in the Lambourn Valley!  Friday 13 October, East Garston6 – 7pm Carbon Footprint Workshop, East Garston Village Hall, RG17 7EX Saturday 14 October, East GarstonLots of free events and activities in East Garston Village Hall and the Quaker Meeting House opposite. Refreshments available from Priscilla’s Kitchen. […]