Educational Access Site

Botelet Farm

County : Cornwall



What there is to see and do :

Visit Botelet Farm and get involved with a range of activities amongst 300 acres of grassland, wet woodland and historic farm buildings. Sheep and cattle graze between April and October. Walk the gentle slope up to Bury Down Neolithic hill fort and explore archaeological features such as a medieval walkway. Educational activities might include identifying species, bark rubbings, ageing trees, quizzes and games – lots of resources available in our Teachers Pack and we’re always open to ideas. At Botelet our focus is on methods of farming that promote biodiversity and conservation. We look forward to welcoming you.

Farm activities
Visiting Bury Down hill fort; identifying species in fields, hedgerows and woodlands; learning about farming through the ages by talking with the different generations of farmers at Botelet; observing and learning about archaeological features such as medieval walkway and horse wash; observing and monitoring bat species at dusk; other activities as suggested by the group

Habitats
Flower-rich grassland, Wetlands, Hedgerows, Dry stone walls, Wodlands

Facilities
Toilets, Wet-shelter available, Picnic area, Easy access, Teachers information pack, Farm facts leaflet

Wildlife
Bury Down hill fort is a Scheduled Monument

Other features
. • Bury Down Neolithic hill fort • Archaeological features such as medieval walkway, horse wash • Small orchard with 30 varieties of Cornish apple trees • Small kitchen garden • Numerous hedgerows that have been restored to promote biodiversity • Wet woodland with deciduous native trees • Coniferous woodland area • Sheep and cattle grazing land between April and November

Conservation on farm
Numerous steps are being taken to promote conservation at Botelet. These include: * Low-input farming – ensuring low density of cattle and sheep grazing land and removing livestock from land in winter months * Not using fertilisers and pesticdes on the land * Rebuilding and restoring traditional hedgerows including protecting and re-planting species to promote biodiversity * Coppicing to promote species-rich growth in hedgerows * Planting approximately 3000 trees each year * Rebuilding archaeological features using stone and materials from the farm * Maintaining traditional farm buildings and yard




Suitability

Recommended Visitor Ages/Types
All

Details for Disabled Visitors
But no special facilities.




Other information


Site Number
07/153/0030

OS Grid Reference
SX184603

OS LandRanger Sheet Number(s)
107

Access end date
31 October, 2023

Information Last Updated
27 March, 2014



To Arrange a visit

If this site is of interest, please contact Julie Tamblyn on telephone number 01503 220225 to arrange a visit.