We have turned a couple of acres of paddock over to rough native grassland and created a wildflower meadow. The grass is not cut in places and dies back in the Autumn forming a ‘litter layer’ in the following Spring fresh green grass grows up through this layer. The ideal habitat for voles, field mice and shrews. By reinstating this area the Barn Owls which lived here but left when the barns where converted are now back and thriving here. The wild flowers that grow in this rough grassland are beautiful and a haven for butterflies and bees. We intend to cut the meadow in alternate strips each year to ensure the Barn Owls always have a hunting ground and stay with us for many years to come.