CHESHIRE Wildlife Trust throws open its farm gates to the public in June to once again take part in LEAF’s (Linking Environment and Farming) national Open Farm Sunday event.

On Sunday, June 5, you're invited to soak up the sights, sounds, scenery (and hopefully the sun) at the trust’s 210-acre Bickley Hall Farm headquarters and discover more about the world of farming and conservation at this wildlife-friendly farm on the Cholmondeley Estate.

There will be lots of family friendly activities taking place on the Malpas-based farm, including guided wildlife walks, birds of prey displays, pond dipping, newt trapping and donkey rides, plus a whole host of arts and crafts events such as willow weaving and badge making.

Visitors can learn more about trust's various conservation projects and visitors can find out all about the Bee Garden Bee Count taking place on July 17.

Exhibitors at this year's event include The Feathery Folk, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre and Delamere Dairy, plus there will be lots of tasty treats to try including conservation beef burgers and homemade cakes and biscuits.

Jan Shone, People and Wildlife Team Leader at the Trust, said: “Open Farm Sunday is such a great event to be a part of, we're really looking forward to welcoming people through the gates to learn more about what we do and how they can get involved.

“We’ll be running guided walks throughout the day and Trust staff will be on hand to answer any questions and point out the favourite haunts of farmland wildlife. We have all sorts of wildlife here, including barn owls, harvest mice, hares and lapwings.

"In recent years we’ve recorded some of the highest numbers of butterflies found anywhere in the county and it’s a stronghold for great crested newts and farmland birds – there will certainly be plenty for visitors to see.”

This family friendly event is free of charge and takes place from 11am to 4pm.

For more information and full directions to the farm on Bickley Lane, off the A41 and A49 (SY14 8EF), visit or contact organiser Jan Shone on 01948 820728.