We are very lucky that we live in a relatively poor farming area in the Limousin. The farmers who have worked our land for generations could not afford chemical fertilisers, insecticides or herbicides, so we are essentially organic, and the diversity of flora and insects is amazing!
We have 20 acres of land around the farm, running down to the river, with a huge variety of habitats, from grazed wildflower meadows to wooded river floodplains and wetlands.
To take a look at the great variety of habitats, go to our Joffreny Nature YouTube channel and check out the Joffreny Tour videos. You can also see out Owlcam videos there too.
Orchids abound in the local area and spring 2020 has been a bumper year. They are dominated by purple orchids but we have also seen green-winged, burnt tip (on the left) and lax-flowered (on the right)
The succession of flora throughout the spring also leads to an amazing succession of butterflies and insects.
The varied habitats include grassland, woodland, wetlands and river floodplains, which provide rich pickings for our nesting Tawny Owls, Barn Owls and Little Owls, which we are able to monitor on our system of networked video cameras.
So much to see and do!