The Village Farm in the south of Devon in the United Kingdom is a great example of how people are using Holistic Management to improve their wildlife and bird habitat through holistic planned grazing.
One of the guiding principles for the Village Farm is that their domestic animals (sheep, pigs, and goats) are one part of the ecological web on the farm as is the wildlife that also share the farm. In fact, the stated goal of The Village Farm is: “to take a windswept, misused neglected, coastal farm and turn it into an abundant rich landscape that produces nourishing, healthy, high welfare food with 100% traceability while simultaneously becoming a haven for wildlife.”
Rebecca Hosking and her farm partner have been busy creating this wildlife haven and the result is a healthy food chain. With holistic planned grazing they are allowing all grazing areas to have full recovery to improve plant and soil health. When the sheep are moved back into an area of tall forage, the numerous insects in that habitat begin flying into the air. In turn the sparrows and sky larks have learned that sheep moves mean suppertime for them as they dive in and catch the insects. In turn, the sparrowhawks and falcons learn that sheep moves mean sparrows for supper. And so it goes.
This healthy ecosystem is a great example of regenerative agriculture, where healthy land leads to healthy food (for a variety of species).
Learn more about how The Village Farm is managing their land in this great blog.