Hollis Mead Organic Dairy is at Westcombe Farm in Hooke, West Dorset. The ethos of the farm is to produce very high quality organic milk and food, whilst enhancing the environment for wildlife.
It is our firm belief that cheap food has a cost and sadly this is nature
At Hollis Mead, we farm sensitively to make room for wildlife to prosper. All our farm animals, such as our dairy herd is fed on organic pasture land, free from pesticides and insecticides, allowing them to produce milk of a superior quality.
Intensive agricultural practices are strictly forbidden on the farm and all our farming activities are risk assessed for protecting the plethora of wildlife which flourishes.
Having planted over 17km of hedges in the last 20 years, bird life, insects and mammals, such as hares, are increasing rapidly. A biannual bird and wild flower survey is undertaken and will be published here on the website.
Owls are plentiful on the farm, which is always a good sign that there are field mice, voles and other small rodents flourishing.
Hares play in the long grass, especially left for them so they can breed without interruption.
Hedges are planted and left to grow, giving birds shelter and food throughout the winter.
Field stubble is left over the winter to provide food and shelter for the Skylarks and the miles of hedges provide an excellent nesting site for birds - Yellow Hammers and Fiches thrive on the farm.
Kingfishers visit the ponds we have created, benefiting from the high level of pond life.
Dormice are making a significant return due to our sensitive farming practices.