Educational Access Site

South Penquite Farm

County : Cornwall

What there is to see and do :

South Penquite is a 200 acre working hill beef and sheep organic farm, situated high on Bodmin Moor. As well as running a flock of 200 ewes and a herd of 20 cows, the farm is exceptionally rich in archaeological remains and wildlife. The De Lank river, an outstanding example of an upland, acid river, supporting an exceptionally rich flora, runs adjacent to the farm, while the rough land adjacent to De Lank quarry is particularly important for butterflies and areas are managed specifically to benefit the rare pearl-bordered fritillary. This farm is CEVAS accredited. See for more information.

Farm activities
Farm walks. Sheep. Suckler Beef. (Best time to see stock: June/July)

Flower-rich grassland, Ponds, Wetlands, Hedgerows, Dry stone walls, Heathland, Wodlands

Toilets, Disabled toilet, Wet-shelter available, Picnic area, Teachers information pack

Fritillary butterflies, birds of prey, Golden plover, adders

Other features
There is a farm website for more information:- Camping

Conservation on farm
We are managing the farm to benefit a variety of wildlife but specifically we are Cattle grazing 3 ha of steep scrub to improve the habitat for the important Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterfly. Managing over 7 ha of 'Moorland' with very light stocking rates to restore dwarf-shrub cover

Archaeological or Landscape features
The main features of interest on the farm are (a) the historic features, including its well preserved medieval field system, nationally important Bronze Age landscape of hut circles, field systems and cairns, its history of stone extraction including the De Lank quarry complex and an area of tin streaming; and (b) its wildlife, particularly its flora and invertebrate communities. The farm is within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. (ANOB)


Recommended Visitor Ages/Types
All ages

Details for Disabled Visitors
No facilities or tracks.

Machinery : Limited. Chemicals : None - organic. Open Water : River in times of high spate. Electric Fencing : None. Stock : Cows with young calves can be very protective. Ticks from bracken during summer.

Other information

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Access end date
31 March, 2021

Information Last Updated
21 July, 2011

To Arrange a visit

If this site is of interest, please contact Dominic Fairman on telephone number 01208 850491 to arrange a visit.