Although food production is the commercial imperative of the business we set ourselves very high standards in the care of the environment and wildlife.
Approximately 10 per cent of the land is unsuitable for growing crops is managed sensitively for environmental and biodiversity benefit.
The water meadows alongside the River Dee and its tributaries form some of the best low-lying wetlands in the country. They have been entered into the Environmental Stewardship Scheme and are particularly good for both breeding and wintering birds such as lapwing, snipe, reed bunting, redshank and numerous breeds of duck.
Nationally and often internationally important numbers of pintail are found every year. These areas are managed by late cut haylage to promote nesting sites and feeding areas.
In addition, healthy wildlife habitats are enhanced by planting trees, hedges, grassy field margins, wild bird mixtures and game strips. Over the years many shelter belts, woods and specimen trees have been planted and particular attention is paid to ponds and green corridors to create a species rich ecosystem.
It is our aim to have one of the lowest carbon footprints for food production with emphasis on resource efficiency and renewable energy. On our new dairy farm, a 0.25mw solar pv scheme generates more electricity than we can use, the surplus being returned to the national grid.