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Conservation:

The farm is in 2 Rural Stewardship Schemes where parts of the farm are managed to enhance the environment.  Grass margins run around many of the arable fields making a good home for brown hares as well as creating a habitat for beetles and other insects which provide food for small animals like voles. The voles in turn provide food for owls and other birds of prey.  There are two owl boxes to encourage barn owls, but our pair prefer nesting in one of the sheds.  

Hedges have been planted and waterways have been fenced off to livestock to stop erosion, minimise pollution risk and improve habitats. Hay-making is timed with ground nesting birds in mind.  The ancient pictish fort on Barry Hill is managed in conjunction with Historic Scotland and it’s prominent position at the foot of Glenisla makes great shelter for Luing cows in the winter.  The natural grassland and wildflowers on the hill are left for nesting birds and lots of butterflies to enjoy through the summer and the dead foliage is cleaned up by the cows through the winter who consider it a tasty meal.


Wildlife:

Besides barn owls and brown hares there are a growing number of roe deer on the farm and in the last few years young red deer stags have been grazing some of the top pastures.  Red Squirrels can also be seen although the neighbouring farm of Middleton, where we manage a sheep flock, is a real stronghold for them.  Oyster catchers are quite common and there are a few lapwings and curlews.  Kestrels and Sparrow Hawks also seen hunting in the long grasses of the water margins.


Barry Hill Fort over-looks the mouth of Glen Isla with commanding views across Strathmore, and is a heavily defended multi-period construction, including remains of vitrified timber-laced ramparts. The fort would have been in use throughout the Iron Age (500 BC – 500 AD), and possibly into the early medieval period (500 - 1000 AD). Tradition holds that Vanora, Queen Guinevere of Arthurian legend, was held captive here by the Pictish King Mordred and that her remains are buried at nearby Meigle.