Size: 270 acres (109 hectares)
Restoration began: 2009
Corney's Farm lies south of the B660 road between that road and New Dyke. Funded by the Holmewood Estate Project, restoration work at Corney's Farm began with grass seeding, a process which helps to bind the fine peat soil. Over decades of farming, fertiliser had been added to the soil so, to help fen flora to grow successfully again, the initial focus at Corney's Farm has been to remove nutrients from the soil by growing hay and and grazing sheep through the winter.
In 2013, an extra three fields were acquired at the western end of the area, so that Corney's now extends as far as the sharp right hand bend on the B660.
Shortly Corney’s Farm will undergo a period of re-wetting. This will include making new ditches, re-shaping existing agricultural dykes and then adding water to the land. This water will find its own natural level, creating areas of wet and semi-wet habitat. In 2013 new scrapes were created in preparation for this and ready for wetland species to move in.
After re-wetting Corney’s farm will become a haven for wetland wildlife to flourish. It is hoped that many wetland species such as Lapwing and Redshank will be heard and seen throughout the spring months as they display across the marsh. It will be colonised by wetland plants and insects such as the rare Scare Chaser dragonfly.
After the breeding season, cattle will be introduced to parts of the site while other areas will continue to be cut for hay. This type of management should produce a great mosaic of habitat and add to the rich diversity of the site. In 2016 British Whites and Galloways were put on to the Corneys fields to graze.
View of the farm area, looking north
In 2015 two culverts were bored through the bank on which the road runs to help connect Corney's to New Decoy. Please see 'Getting water under the B660' news article for more information.
Wildlife highlights from winter 2015 include shot eared owls, barn owls, little owls and in 2016 over 20 snipe!
The area can be located on this map of the Great Fen.