Biodiversity

Owl Farm is a rich, biologically diverse landscape with over 8 hectares of stock-excluded trees, scrub, wetland and native plantings.

In 2015 and 2017 Lincoln University carried out Ecoblitz events at Owl Farm and the surrounding school campus. A team of scientists and students found  401 taxa (population of an organism) on the farm and surrounding campus.  This included 43 bird species, 185 insects, 325 plants and 8 different mammals, along with representatives from several other groups. Results from the Ecoblitz can be found here.

In 2021 the Owl Farm Integrated Planting Plan was commissioned to continue developing the diverse landscape with another 13,000 indigenous plants and 76 shade trees planned for planting over the next five years.

Students at St Peter’s Cambridge contribute to this via their involvement in the Trees for Survival Programme.  Every October students pot up 1000 native seedlings and care for them over the summer months before planting them out on farm the following winter.

Sites for Ecoblitz data collection