The Natural Environment and Wildlife
” Ancient Woodlands and a touch of history “
Poachers Hideaway is situated in the centre of The Lincolnshire Wolds, away from tarmac and traffic in a hidden valley overlooking the vales of Scamblesby and Belchford. The landscape, with its rolling hills and green wooded valleys provides the most spectacular and breathtaking views, earning the countryside the status of “area of outstanding natural beauty”
Our ancient woodland dates back to neolithic times and the bluebell wood boasting the original native flower is stunning with its vibrant colour and fauna and provides a fantastic photographic / painting opportunity for amateurs and professionals alike.
The logs which are harvested on the farm as part of the essential woodland maintenance program provide a natural habitat for local wildlife. They are stored and provided free of charge to fuel the log burning stoves in our cottages and function room.
Birds at Flintwood Farm
..”the combination of pasture land , rough grazing, lakes, ponds and wet lands linked to woodland and hedgerow wildlife corridors provide food and security for over 36 different species of birds.. ”
A recent survey in March 2012 conducted by the RSPB identified 36 different species of bird at the farm, including 5 on the “red list”, namely collared dove, house sparrow, grey English partridge, reed bunting, and lapwing.
In addition we have an owl box situated under the gable end of Granary Cottage which is currently home to a pair of stunning barn owls. These distinctive, graceful predators can be seen out hunting daily at dusk, perching on fence posts before swooping silently down on their prey.
Waste water is treated through an eco-digester, a settling tank and a reed bed.
Refuse from the cottages is collected under an environmental contract, who carry out the separation of recyclable and non-recyclabe itlems.