Restoration began: 2012
Froghall Farm is quietly nestled between Kester’s Docking and the northern fields of Engine Farm. It was once part of Whittlesea Mere and is now rather higher than the land further west so will become a mixture of wet and dry grassland. A typical summer scene is of tall grasses, later followed by hay bales. In autumn sheep quietly munch the sward left after the hay cut.
Although much of the farn was sown with grass seed, in the northern part are four fields growing different crops. Here a seed mix has been sown, firstly in 2013 and again every two years since then. This mix (enhanced bird mix) contains species of plant that provide an important food source for wildlife during the winter, including quinoa, red millet, spring barley and kale. Large mixed flocks of finches and Linnets are commonly seen flying from field to field feeding on this rich supply of food, and it is also providing food for a growing population of small mammals.
As a result Froghall Farm is becoming a favourite with wintering birds such as Short Eared Owls, Harriers and other raptors, who silently hunt for small rodents along the ditch margins and over the sheep.
The area can be located on this map of the Great Fen.