Lodge Farm is a family run, working, arable farm located alongside the Lincolshire Edge. The types of crops grown at the 400 acre site include peas, sugar beet, barley and wheat (sold to make Kit Kat bars).. The owners of the farm; Melanie and Dick Baines also run 'Sprayer Services', a business (established in 1970) and specialising in the supply of sprayers and sprayer parts.
The farm has land entered into Countryside Stewardship (new window) and a number of footpaths including the Viking Way. There is a wide variety of wildlife to be seen in the woodland, meadows, field margins, scrapes and ponds; these include birds, animals, flowers, insects and butterflies. Melanie and Dick are currently in the process of restoring the old orchard and the restoration and creation of wetlands will further encourage pondlife and wading birds. Melanie and Dick welcome bookings from visitors who want to find out more about the farm, it's wildlife and the work that goes on there.
A range of activities are available for school and community groups to participate in. Many of these activities are well suited to National Curriculum teachings in Geography at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, as well as Science at Key Stages 1, 2, 3, and 4.
A guided walk and talk about the farm. Looking at natural an human impacts on the site and the methods used to look after the farm. This activity can be used as an investigation into different aspects of farm management. This might include looking at the rearing of pheasants and its affect on conservation, the impact of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme on the farm, and the importance of sustainable management techniques on the farm.
The measuring and recording of the variety and number of plants and animals in a particular habitat. This could include sampling using quadrats, marking and recapture techniques and line or belt transects. Pupils could compare areas of grazed or ungrazed grassland, compare freshwater invertebrates found in different ponds or look at the affect of light on ground flora.
A general walk around the farm learning about plants, animals and habitats along the way. Wildlife that might be seen at the farm includes: lapwings, wrens, greater spotted woodpeckers, guelder rose, various fungi and snowberry.
Working in small supervised groups, visitors can investigate the plants and animals living in the ponds around the farm. Using nets and viewing pots people can learn about a variety of plants and animals, how to recognise the organisms and find out about their life cycle and their role in food chains.
Whilst exploring the farm, visitors can collect interesting creatures and using identification keys and viewing pots can investigate the minibeasts in their habitats.
A fascinating walk around the farm, looking at different plants. There will be opportunities to participate in games and to learn about things such as the component parts of a plant, plant reproduction, photosynthesis and plant growth.
If you want to more information on the activities mentioned the links below offer details of National Curriculum (NC) links.
Contact Lodge Farm
If you would like to find out more about what Lodge Farm has to offer, you can contact Melanie or Dick Baines at:
Tel: 01400 250101.
Fax: 01400 250568.
If you wish to make a booking to visit the farm please visit the bookings page on this web site, or contact LincFarms. Bookings through the LincFarms scheme cannot be made directly with the farm in question.
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