First term on Hunters Hill Farm
In September all we had on site at Hunters Hill was our small group of Christmas turkeys. We now have three British Landrace pigs which are part of the British Pig Association's Junior Pig Club Conservation project. This is the rarest of the UK's native breeds of pig and they are officially classed as 'endangered' by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. There is more information on the NFU's website: http://www.countrysideonline.co.uk/kids-zone/piggy-blog/
We also own four North Ronaldsay sheep (they definitely aren't goats, no matter what anyone else tells you!). These come from the Orkney Islands and live on the seashore behind a stone wall which was built to protect the island's food crops from the sheep. The wild North Ronaldsay sheep even eat seaweed instead of grass! We have a few more of these pretty little sheep on the way from a renowned breeder, and look forward to lambing in March!
We have two very popular, mischievous shetland ponies called Salt and Pepper. Salt was abandoned on a farm in Cornwall with Pepper, her foal, but they have been well-cared for and are now fit and healthy. Pepper loves to play and has been taking students (and some staff) round our end of term Pony Agility Challenge course.
We keep a variety of breeds of chickens with a mixture of hybrids and pure breeds, bantams and large fowl. Each of our students has a favourite chicken and most of the hens have names, like Eggatha the Leghorn.
We also have five very tame rabbits, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, a corn snake, loads of giant African land snails, a guinea pig and two degus. These animals are all used to being handled and welcome visitors!