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Derek Martin, who owns Gabriel’s Farm in Edenbridge, Kent, has been awarded the prestigious; Richard Neame Local Wildlife Sites Silver award in the farming category presented through the Kent Wildlife Trust. This, Derek accepted with great pride for all his achievements and hard work.

 
Derek Martin, who owns Gabriel’s Farm in Edenbridge, Kent, has been awarded the prestigious; Richard Neame Local Wildlife Sites Silver award
Mr Martin, has spent many years since buying the farm in 1995, extensively improving the habitats for wildlife, plants, insects, and birds which has paid off with this award.  

He has on his 340 acre estate worked tirelessly dividing the farm up into tranquil lakes, 52 fields and planting over 120, 000 trees, giving a wonderful opportunity for wildlife to reside here and it has also provided a natural habitat.


Derek also provides on his land a range of other activities, fishing in the lakes, caravanning and camping, DIY Livery, which is proving very successful to those who come here and want the pleasure and tranquillity of the countryside.
 
 
Derek Martin, who owns Gabriel’s Farm in Edenbridge, Kent, has been awarded the prestigious; Richard Neame Local Wildlife Sites Silver award
 
The farm has now an abundance of wildlife, all due to Derek’s hard work, it is rich in wild flowers, birdlife including mandarin and pochard ducks, skylarks, buntings, kingfishers, egrets, redstarts, flycatchers, nightingales, warblers, a wonderful selection of the many birds that live and breed here on his estate.

Butterflies abound here due to the assortment of wild flowers, such as peacock, red admiral, painted lady, also a visit by a rare purple emperor!
Derek mentions “that if you are going to see something unusual, then this is the place to find it”.

He has also named a special part of his land owl Corner as there have been visits by long eared owls which sit in the trees here and the golden oriole.


Mr Martin wants to thanks all the people in and around Edenbridge for assisting him transform his land at Gabriels Farm...into an award-winning site.


He is more than pleased with all the hard work as people from all over the country come to this haven of wildlife to fish, paint and sketch, and walk in the lovely farm with the abundance of wonderful there to see.


Please contact Derek and visit his website for more information www.gabrielsfishery.co.uk


With the Richard Neame Local Wildlife Sites Silver Award 2012 presented through the Kent Wildlife Trust


The Kent Biodiversity Partnership Steering Group oversees the selection of Local Wildlife Site’s using robust, scientifically-determined criteria and local knowledge and understanding of this area’s natural environment.


The selection process draws on the expertise of some of the county’s most experienced and knowledgeable naturalists.


The increase and diversity of species has come from the increase in habitat. Plant life, trees and water have been brought together and have created richness of numbers and species of insects and birds which in turn has reflected in an increase in the quality of fish, reptiles and animals on the site. The entire conservation habitat development has been achieved within a sustainable farming background.

 

 
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