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Newsletter June 2021

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Mantel Farm Newsletter - June 2021

30 days wild in June

During June we will be taking part in the Wildlife Trusts '30 days Wild' and to kick things off we will take our Tuesday Team Meeting outside to enjoy a Big Wild Breakfast in the fresh air....

We have been busy planting our new bee garden and veg patch, it is much later than we planned due to the cold and wet weather but most seeds and plants are now in the ground so fingers crossed for some warmer weather.  Our lawn is looking lush with clover and daises after 'No-Mow-May' and is now attracting lots of bees, our Geese really help with the lawn at this time of year, liking only the grass and turning their nose (beaks) up at the clover, but they do occasionally turn to the flower bed snapping off the new shoots with a guilty look around to see if anyone is watching!  Thankfully we can replace damaged plants at the Crowhurst Horticultural Society Plant Sale on the 5th June 10am-noon.

 

Our courses have a 'Bee-theme' during June with our beekeeping taster day and beginners beekeeping course, but we are have our first bumblebee experience day with Nikki Gammons of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.  Not only will we spend a great day finding out how we can identify, help and plant for the pollinators in our gardens, this course also includes a years membership to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust - (a great present for Fathers Day!).

 

We will be at 2 events during June - our first is a virtual event for the Biodiversity and Climate Crisis Summit on the 2nd June and then we will be back at the South of England Show on the 11th 12th and 13th June, our first shows in over a year! ... more details on both events can be found below...

 

Our June flock of hybrid hens have now arrived at the farm and we will have our next flock of quail arriving soon.  The pure breeds have settled well and little Sablepoots are so friendly we are spending far too much time with them! 

 

With Covid restrictions easing we are pleased to welcome more people back into our shop.  We are still offering collection appointments for chickens to spread customers through the day but you are also welcome to call into the shop between 10am and 4pm on a Friday and Sunday. 

 

Lets hope we can all enjoy a lovely sunny June outside...  

With our best wishes from Kerry, Jason and all at Mantel Farm.

 

 
Join the event for free on facebook live on Wed 2nd June at 5pm

Biodiversity and Climate Crisis Summit  17.30 -21.30 Wednesday 2nd June...

On the road to COP26.  UNA Climate and Oceans - United Nations Association

Join in with this important event for a local and global dialogue between the general public, Scientists and representatives of different UK Government Agencies, such as the Environment Agency, Natural England, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority. Business people and representatives of important NGOs will also be taking place in this climate action dialogue.

This event will include an online Environmental Exhibition with around 30 different participating organisations and virtual stands including Mantel Farm and our local Crowhurst Environment Group

 
South of Engalnd Show 2021...

South of England Show...

Ardingly 11th, 12th and 13th June...

The #SouthofEnglandShow is back! From Friday 11th to Sunday 13th June.  There is a jam packed programme to enjoy with:
Top class showjumping,  Livestock displays & demonstrations,  Vintage agricultural machinery
Heavy horse village,  Grape & grain walk,  Garden design competition,  Hound show,  Scurry driving competitions
Forestry, And much, much more!
 
Tickets are limited for everyone's safety and must be booked online in advance at seas.org.uk/south-of-england-show . 10% online discount ends midnight 3rd June. For our full Covid safety measures go to seas.org.uk/covid-safety-measures .
 
Next Bee Experience Day: 6th June..

Bumblebee Experience Day...

An informal day learning all about amazing Bumblebees, their biology, decline, conservation, and what you can do to help them in your garden and beyond...

Join Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s Nikki Gammans to hear about the fascinating world of bees...there are over 270 bee species in the UK and all are pollinators. Learn how you can identify and help them in your garden, this course also includes a year's membership to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. 

 
Follow the progress in our hives...
Read more from Amanda...

Notes from our Apiary...

For videos on what we've been getting up to, visit our YouTube channel...

Both Roger and myself [Josh] have been busy keeping our colonies from swarming and making attempts to re-queen in order to create calmer, less swarmy bees.

 

We are due to have a new queen hatch in the next few days so fingers crossed for good weather so she can have a successful mating flight.

 

Amandas Beekeeping notes ...

After a cold dry April, May did not seem to be much better for the bees, just warmer and wet instead...

It was not just bee colonies which were hungry; all the bats coming in to my bat hospital have been starving too. I ended up feeding half my colonies with a small contact feeder; I cannot remember when I have had to feed established colonies at this time before.

 
your 30 days wild pack...

The Wildlife Trusts - 'All our lives are better when they're a bit wild'...

Join us in taking part in The Wildlife Trusts’ #30DaysWild challenge:
Take on the UK’s biggest nature challenge next month… The Wildlife Trusts are challenging us to do one ‘wild’ thing a day throughout June.

Download your digital 30 Days Wild pack today , for everything you need to start planning your wild adventure this June!  Taking part in 30 Days Wild has been proven to make you happier and healthier for months after, so it’s great for wellbeing as well as an excellent way to take on random acts of wildness! 


www.wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild

 

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