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Lower Smite Farm

A 150 acre working arable farm with a trail, beside the Trust's operational base & Environmental Education Centre

Purchased in 2001, the farm is managed to demonstrate how sensitive farming techniques can improve the quality of the agricultural landscape for wildlife.  For information about how we’re managing the farm, please visit our Food & Farming pages.

The nature trail takes in a range of habitats around the farm including a replanted traditional orchard, a wetland, several ponds, arable fields and bird food crops.  In spring, visitors should listen for displaying skylarks in the fields and for reed warbler around the ponds in summer.  Whitethroat and reed buntings are also worth keeping a lookout for during the summer months and large flocks of finches – green, gold and chaffinch – are plentiful throughout winter.

The ponds at Lower Smite Farm are great for dragonflies and up to fifteen different species are seen in most years including broad-bodied chaser, emperor, black-tailed skimmer and azure damselfly.

The wide field margins - some planted with special seed mix, some left to develop their own flora – encourage a wide range of insects with butterflies frequently observed.  Bees and butterflies can also be spotted in good numbers in the gardens in front of the main farmhouse.  These are managed to help schoolchildren attending our education centre discover more about the importance of growing your own food and gardening for wildlife.

The buildings at Lower Smite Farm form the Trust’s operational base.  Commercial gain from the farm and room lettings is used to support the education programmes run from the centre and on our nature reserves throughout the county.

Nearby nature reserves

Droitwich Community Woods
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Trench Wood Nature Reserve
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Monkwood
5 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Smite Hill Hindlip
Worcester & Droitwich
Worcestershire
WR3 8SZ
Map reference
SO 880 590
Great for...
birdwatching
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
- Jan
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Opening Times
Dusk to dawn. Office is open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (shop/toilets).
Facilities
Gift shop
Picnic facilities
Toilets
Size
60.70 hectares
Access
Yes

Wheelchair access limited to area around farmhouse and granary.
Walking information
Trail leaflet available from offices or main farmhouse porch. Limited access for wheelchairs and buggies. Muddy and slippery underfoot when wet.
Parking
Main car park open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. When gates are shut and at other times park on left hand side of road by farm shed.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Cattle
Reserve manager
Caroline Corsie
Tel: 01905 754919
enquiries@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org

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