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28 Jun 2024

Wyke Farm, Chedington, bio-surveying weekend

Wyke Farm Chedington


The land area linked to Wyke Farm is now around 1000 acres and includes the wonderful Whitevine Farm which is just over the Somerset border and part of which is a SSSI hay meadow.

The area is hugely varied and includes coniferous and deciduous woodland, hazel coppice, a lake and reedbed, withybeds, extensively-grazed pastures and wildflower meadows. As a result the biodiversity is fantastic.

A comprehensive survey of this land was carried out between 2006 and 2010 and we held our first weekend event in 2018. The owners are very keen to continue this on a regular basis to establish a public database of information about the site to inform the management of the woodland and the farmland. For the results of this work and for records from previous EuCAN weekends, please see the EuCAN website: https://eucan.org.uk/previous-years/2022-highlights/ (scroll down), where there is also a spreadsheet of species collated by the Dorset Environmental Records Centre. For a full list of moth species recorded for Wyke Farm, click here.

If you would like to join us for the weekend and help us increase our knowledge of this beautiful stretch of Dorset, please fill in the booking form below. To find out more, contact nigel@eucan.org.uk

And there are albums of photos on the EuCAN Flickr site for the 2019 weekend here and for the 2018 weekend here . In 2020 we did a moth trapping session there – photos here .

The 2022 weekend is remembered in photos in a Flickr album – click here

And some of the moth photos are here.

Booking form for the 2024 weekend – click here