LOWER HOUSE FARM
A Jacobean house, orchard, grassland, river and birds
THE WALK STARTS at the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust HQ, an old Jacobean timberframed house dating back to 1614 that Herefordshire Nature Trust restored to its present condition, as far as possible as it was originally. The old garden was extended and landscaped with wildlife in mind. This has worked well with various common birds here and is particularly attractive to Goldfinches. There is also an orchard where Bullfinches can be seen, with Yellowhammers breeding in the hedges on the border, plus Redwing and Fieldfare. Carry on down to the grassland and pasture and the Lugg Rhea, and Reed Buntings are in the area. Snipe are recorded in the winter, as well as various gulls. Other birds include Lapwing, Curlew and Meadow Pipit, so this is an interesting walk where a lot of time can be spent just examining the various areas. In the summer, it is fascinating to watch the Swallows flying low and fast across the meadow area and dodging past you. Visitors are advised to keep to the tracks, especially in the breeding season.