The Johnson Family have been proud Leicestershire farmers for generations, and as a family we have always had a great appreciation of the land and all who we share it with. Phil's heartfelt enthusiasm for birds and wildlife led to the creation of new habitats across the farm providing essential food and breeding habitats, whilst still balancing the need for food production . When Abigail & Fay came home to work on the farm we needed to diversify. Conservation was the natural path to follow and after identifying a gap in the market for nutritious and high quality bird seed, Eyebrook Bird Feeds was born.
'Eyebrook' comes from the reservoir at the heart of our farm, it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and renowned bird watching reserve. Our farm surrounds the reservoir and in itself is a haven for birds and wildlife. Over the past thirty years we have enhanced our environment providing new habitats for birds and mammals.
Producing birdseed is what we do, using ingredients grown on the farm and ingredients brought in which meet our exacting standards. The seeds are blended on the farm with recipes created to attract a wealth of birdlife to your garden, packed with a range of nutritious seeds selected by us.
As a family farm we are able to offer a personal and friendly service, and can guarantee your seed is mixed on a conservation farm dedicated to improving our environment for birds and wildlife.
Helping our birds and wildlife
Our passion for birds is evident on the farm, where over the past thirty years we have enhanced the environment to encourage more birds and wildlife. Hedgerow management, overwintered stubbles, supplementary feeding, grass margins and nest box erection are just some of the practices taken to expand the habitats here. We work closely with the RSPB who have conducted many bird surveys to give us a great picture of the numbers and species of birds, both of which have increased over the past thirty years. We are home to an extensive variety including lapwings, sky larks, red kites, tree sparrows and house sparrows and have seen a large increase in the brown hare population.
Simple practices around the farm can really help our birds such as ensuring a puddle in the yard for the house martins and swallows nesting material and spinning seed cleanings on the margins for additional food in periods of harsh weather. We farm sympathetically with the birds presenting fields with different crops next to each other, hedge trimming only in the depths of winter, cultivating late to leave the stubbles to glean, and moving to spring sowing leaving feeding and breeding habitats for the birds.
Sharing the Farm
In addition to the RSPB surveys, our local bird watching group constructed over twenty bird boxes in spinneys around the farm, in order to provide nesting sites for our farmland birds. These are monitored each year and give us a great picture of species of birds nesting, and are targeting red list species such as the tree sparrow. Our local ringing group have erected kestrel and owl boxes, we have had bee hives, badger surveys, hedgehog research.... to name but a few. In short we are just so pleased to share our wonderful environment with anyone who enjoys it and the creatures who inhabit is as much as we do!