Recapitulating the great migration of English agricultural workers to the cities of 100+ years ago, rural hedgehogs are now moving to suburbia. If you would like to keep Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle in your Fulking garden and discourage her from moving to Mile Oak, then you need to offer her some incentives. You could, for example, provide a hole in the fence that would allow her to enjoy the fine slugs that your neighbours breed on their lettuce patch. Or you (or your children) could even build her a house.
The gardens at Newtimber Place will be open as part of the NGS (National Gardens Scheme) on Sunday 14th April between 2:00pm and 5:30pm. The gardens are lovely at this time of year with stunning daffodils and beautiful fritillaries. Beautiful Grade I listed C16/C17 moated house (not open). Gardens and woods full of bulbs and wild flowers in spring. Herbaceous border and lawns. Moat flanked by water plants. Mature trees. Wild garden, ducks, chickens and fish. Tea and home-made cakes in aid of the church. There are ducks, chickens and guinea fowl wandering around so dogs need to be kept on a lead. Admission £5.00, children free.
Please join us on our working family farm for our annual lambing open days. We open the farm gates for visitors to see us at our busiest time and share with us the hustle and bustle of our farmyard during lambing. Visitors will see newborn lambs and maybe a lamb being born, an amazing experience. We are keen to share the respect and care we give our sheep and the vital role they play in managing the precious species rich chalk downland on the South Downs. Other highlights include bale climbing, pigs, tractor and trailer rides (weather permitting), BBQ, and vegetarian food from the Wildflour Cafe.
We are having an outing to Coombes Farm, BN15 0RS, next Wednesday, 27th March, and anyone is welcome. We will meet there at around 10:00/10:15am to see the lambs and go on a ride up the Downs. Check the weather — warm clothing may be appropriate.
A talk by Ian Everest to the Henfield History Group at 7:45pm on Tuesday 8th January in the Free Church Hall. Strongly recommended by ARB and GJMG (who attended a version of the same talk given in Upper Beeding in 2017).
David Plummer is one of the UK’s best known wild-life photographers. He lives in Small Dole and those who live locally get the benefit of his open garden/exhibition events, his talks, his courses at Woods Mill, and his competition judging. If you don’t live locally, then you can hope to catch him on the television or, better, buy a copy of his recent book.
Fulking does not score well on the UK recorded hog sightings map. Like Small Dole, Edburton, Poynings, Saddlescombe, Pyecombe, and Clayton, no hedgehogs are recorded, dead or alive. They are reputed to prefer suburban areas to the countryside and the map does indeed record their presence in Hassocks, Henfield, Upper Beeding, and areas immediately south of the A27.
If, on November 5th, you plan to celebrate the first attempt to shutter the House of Lords, make sure that you do not incinerate Fulking’s only hedgehog.