St Martin’s Farmer Says Organic Techniques Benefitting Wildlife

ISREC fieldA St Martin’s farmer says he’s delighted by the results of a survey into the amount of wildlife recorded on his land.

Jonathan Smith has monitored and recorded the biodiversity on his farmland and found around seventy different types of plants, insects or animals.

He’s says much of that is down to the organic farming techniques he uses.

One plant, the shepherds’ needle, is so rare it’s on a national wildlife watch list as numbers have been decimated by intensive farming.

Jonathan farms around five acres of land between the school and the beach.

He went through each field and systematically surveyed all of the plant and animal life. He’s hoping to use this data as a baseline and compare any future changes against it.

Jonathan says there’s always more he could do to encourage further types of wildlife.

He wants to provide more habitats for nesting birds and bats and look at how fields are cultivated to encourage more arable weeds.

And he thinks there’s scope for more areas of woodland on the island too.