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Higher Farm, Devon

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Higher Farm, Devon

Higher farm is a 65 ha mixed farm rising from the seashore at Beesands on the south Devon coast. Farmer Michael Rogers is happy to host group visits so please contact the farm to find out more.

Organic livestock and crops

Higher Farm rears around 60 dairy cow replacements - young heifers reared on the farm and then returned to a farm near Cullompton for the dairy herd there. The animals grow up together and are kept in that group for life. A variety of vegetables are grown, mainly brassicas such as cauliflowers and cabbages, but also early potatoes. The vegetables are sold mainly to a local box scheme and farm shop, but also in Covent Garden. Cereals and grass are also grown which are fed back to the animals.

Features of the farm

The farm is good for wildlife and habitats include a freshwater lake (the ley), a stream, grassland, hedgerows and an old deciduous woodland. A pond has been recently dug and within six months was full of newts. Following a project with the RSPB there are now cirl buntings on the farm, a rare and threatened farmland bird. The farming helps the local birdlife and under a stewardship scheme, farmer Mike provides over-winter stubble fields for winter food; permanent fallow for ground nesting birds; a pollen and nectar field for bees; and some with a wild bird seed mix. Visitors can spend time in the bird hide and look out for the pill box left over from the second world war.

Proposed visitor centre

The farm offers educational access and this is being taken to a new level with the development of the Underwood Discovery Centre – a plan for a sustainably constructed building in the old barn at the top of the farm. It is hoped that the building will accommodate school groups and professional courses, and be a focus for 'carbon foot-printing' to measure the effect our lifestyles have on the environment.  

Arranging a visit   

Visits by phone call arrangement only please for a group tour or to follow the self-guided nature trail. Teachers and group leaders are welcome to do a pre-visit check to see what the farm has to offer and to discuss educational needs. The bird hide overlooks Widdicombe Ley and has access for wheelchair users.  

How to get there   

Beeson lies to the south of the A379 Kingsbridge-Torcross cross. Ask for directions when you book your visit.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

Contact details   

  • Michael Rogers, Higher Farm, Beesands, Devon TQ7 2HW   
  • T: 01548 580165           
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