Wildlife / Conservation

As well as being home to the Farm's dairy cows, the farmland is also an important habitat for wildlife, providing natural refuges for birds, small mammals as well as insects and reptiles.

These habitats are managed in a sensitive way by the landowner farmer, Martin Baird. The conservation policy within Red Hall Farm is one of protection and valuable ecosystems and enhancement of areas to encourage a good abundance and diversity of wildlife. This all runs along- side an intensive dairy unit.
The area is carefully managed to be as natural as possible, leaving areas of farmland `wild` to become a refuge for existing wildlife. New habitats have been created -  the creation of  three ponds has meant that the reed beds along the edge provide cover for fish, small birds and other aquatic life.

New woodland areas have been planted which have attracted roe deer, as well as providing a home to bird species .Hedges and suitable trees and shrubs have been planted to provide suitable cover for birds, which has resulted in the recording of 86 bird species, including the grey partridge, tree sparrow, yellow hammer, linnet and many more.

Five acres of farmland are planted with seed rich species to attract flocks of finches and tree sparrows that congregate throughout the hard Winter months.

Log piles and dead wood are left to provide food and habitat for beetles, woodlice and other mini beasts. Bird boxes and bat boxes have been installed to provide additional homes for some of our more scarce creatures.

Red Hall Farm is committed to environmental land management through DEFRA`s Countryside Stewardship Scheme (since 1997) and Higher Level Scheme (since 2011). The woodland management policy encourages dead wood to accumulate, and not to be removed. Trees that are old are left to rot away.
Hedgerows are sympathetically managed, which means that they are left to grow and thicken out to provide excellent nesting cover during  Spring and Summer.

Contact and Enquiries

For availability and prices please contact us - you can use the Contact page on this website, or phone or email us using the details below. We promise to get back to you immediately!

Red Hall Farm Cottages
Wigton
Cumbria
CA7 8NX

t: 016973 42249
m: 07906 852224

stay@redhallcottages.co.uk

 

 

Recent Customer Reviews

 

"Fantastic cottage, the best we have ever stayed in! Comfortable and so cosy!  We will be back soon" . - Kerry and Watters families, Newcastle - The Old Grainstore, Novermber 18.

"Amazing place. Cottage is perfect. Farm is wonderful - kids loved the animals. Joanne and Martin have created a wonderful place and are excellent hosts". Kershaw family, Darlington, The Old Bothy, November 18.

"Yet again everything exceeded expectations, really clean and comfortable. Great hosts as always - we will be returning!" - Woodhill, Robbins and Walt clan - The Old Grainstore and The Old Bohty, October 18.

"Fantastic cottage, excellent facilities, beautiful location. We have all had a wonderful break, thank you!" - McDougall family, Bearsden, Scotland - The Old Bothy, November 18.

"4th time here and amazing as always. So rested, such a treat to be here. Wonderful welcome, we would love to just move in!" - Piper family, Edinburgh, October 18.

"Superb, relaxed stay. Beautiful cottage with everything we needed." - David and Elaine, Putney, London - The Old Bothy, October 18.

"Lovely stay. Really comfortable and really well equipped providing everyting we needed for our twins. Highly recommend Joanne's apple crumble!" - Headland family, Whitely Bay - The Old Grainstore, October 18.

"We have had a lovely time here. The cottage is beautiful and cosy. Really thoughtful touches and great outdoor play area. Thenk you so much for making us feel so welcome and letting the girls feed the calves." - Wells family, October 18.

"Utterley delightful stay from start to finish. Such a warm welcome from Joanne and Martin. Accommodation perfect!" - John P and family, Bedford and Plymouth, The Old Grainstore, October 18.

"Our 3rd stay at Red Hall and we've enjoyed it every bit as much! The cottage is fab, well equipped and so clean. Joanne and Martin are great hosts, so welcoming and fab with the kids at calf feeding time. As our Son said within 10 minutes of arriving - "this place feels like home"! - The Allan family, Kinross, The Old Bothy, October 18.

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Beautiful location, very central (we visited Penrith, Carlisle, Gretna Green and Keswick).
The property has been converted to a high standard and beds were comfortable.
Lots of nice touches such as jam, eggs and cake upon arrival and Joanne even put the log burner on for us before we arrived so that the cottage was warmed up for us.
There is a lot of information from tourist areas locally, which is extremely helpful if you are not familiar with the area.
Lovely relaxing break, hope to visit again soon.