Warwickshire Rural Hub

Hub Events

Encouraging barn owls to your land

Friday 29 March 2019

10.00am-12.00 noon

Feldon Forest Farm, Frankton, Rugby, CV23 9PD

by kind permission of George Browning

The barn owl population today is in decline, largely a result of reduced food supply with fewer areas of rough grassland available for hunting. The loss of old barns and increased road deaths are also significant.  But farmers can help to reverse this decline by adopting a management regime which includes maintaining field margins with uncut grass, retaining mature trees and erecting barn own boxes.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has invited the Stour Valley Wildlife Action Group (SVWAG) member Paul Leadbetter to tell us all about their Barn Owl Project, which has been working with landowners and farmers since 2010.   There are now over 50 barn own boxes across the region and many farmers have made habitat improvements through agri-environment schemes.  The talk will be followed by a guided walk by fellow SVWAG member Roger Juckes to look at locations for positioning barn owl boxes.

Refreshments will be served after the walk.

Please book your free place with Lucy Hawker of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

This event is provided by Dunsmore Living Landscape Scheme which received its main funding from  the National Lottery through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Contact: Lucy Hawker
Telephone: 07818 579302
Event Date: 29 March 2019

How could I use a drone on my farm?

Monday 11 March 2019

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Newfields, Shakers Lane, Long Itchington, CV47 9QB

by kind permission of Richard and Rosie Reeve

Drones are very much in the news at the moment and they are increasingly being used within a farming context.  If you have never seen a drone in use but are interested in hearing all about using a modest cost drone with your smart ‘phone then come along to our free event.

Jack Wrangham from Drone Ag, a team of farmers, agronomists and drone operators based on a 6000 acre farm in Northumberland, will be demonstrating how a drone can be used in an arable setting using their recently launched Skippy Scout app, which is compatible with most smart ‘phones.  Jack will also be updating us on all the legalities of flying a drone, especially in light of the new regulations which have been brought into force very recently.

Drone Ag works closely with Harper Adams University, NRoSO, BASIS and other partners and provides end-to-end drone solutions for agriculture. From crop mapping and analysis to spraying systems, they provide simple to use drone technology, software and training that makes farming more efficient, with less hassle.

To book your free place please contact Jane Hampson.

Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07530891601
Email Address:
Event Date: 11 March 2019

Butterfly walk in Fenny Compton tunnels

Thursday 6 June 2019

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Fenny Compton Tunnels

Come and join us on a walk through Fenny Compton tunnels, led by Mike Slater of Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire.

Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire works alongside land owners, local authorities, conservation bodies, businesses and local people to raise awareness about the threats to our butterflies and moths. They provide advice and practical help on how to protect these and other threatened wildlife in the county.   Several butterflies in the region such as the Small Blue and Wood White are particularly vulnerable due to habitat loss and population fragmentation resulting in small isolated colonies which become increasingly susceptible to local or regional extinction.

Mike Slater will identify the butterflies present in this nature area managed by the group and give information on how to create butterfly-friendly habitats.

To book your free place please contact Jane Hampson.


Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780 159291
Email Address:
Event Date: 6 June 2019

Farming, families and the future – a time to think differently?

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Wright Hassall LLP, Olympus Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV34 6BF – 3.00pm

Farmers face unique problems when carrying out succession and business planning to ensure that their farm is protected for future generations.   Our event will:

  • set the scene on the current economy and make some predictions for the future;
  • give you information on how to prepare a business plan for the short, medium and long term;
  • encourage different generations to start the conversation on succession;
  • explain what your accounts are telling you about the future of the business;
  • provide a range of ideas of how you could add value to your business.

We will be using real-life case studies and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions and networking.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Joel Woolf, a partner at Wright Hassall solicitors and a farmers’ son from Suffolk who advises estates and farmers on strategic business planning,
  • Mark Dickin, a partner at Ellacotts accounts, who specialises in succession planning and helping clients create a plan to pass the business and their interests in land to the next generation,
  • Phil Bicknell, the Market Intelligence Team Director at the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board
  • Jonathan Borsay from Clydesdale Bank

In order to gain the most from this event we suggest that more than one generation of your family might like to attend.

The event is being supported by Wright Hassall LLP and lunch is sponsored by the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board

To book your free place please contact Jane Hampson.


Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780159291
Email Address:
Event Date: 5 March 2019

Dawn Chorus Walk with Ed Drewitt

Sunday 14 April 2019

Village Farm, 11a Birdingbury Road, Marton, CV23 9RY

5.00am – 7.00am followed by bacon baps and a farm tour

Organised in association with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Dunsmore Living Landscape Project you are invited to join us on an early morning tour of Village Farm to hear all about the birds present.  Our tour leader will be Ed Drewitt, who is a naturalist, author, BBC broadcaster, feather expert and Peregrine researcher, amongst other things!   Ed specialises in identifying birdsong and will be a fantastic leader for our tour.  You can read all about Ed on his website.

After the event has concluded we will be serving a breakfast of bacon baps and tea/coffee and farm owner Miranda Aston will be available to show you all areas of the farm.

There will be a charge of £5 to cover the breakfast.

Please book your place directly with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.


Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780 159291
Email Address:
Event Date: 14 April 2019

Embracing new ideas and technology – a visit to Squab Hall Farm

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Squab Hall, Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa CV33 9QB

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Squab Hall Farm is an AHDB Strategic Farm comprising 1000 acres of owned, rented and contract farmed land.   The farm is also part of a larger 1800 acre Arable Joint Venture. Current cropping consists of Winter Wheat, Winter or Spring Barley, Spring Beans, Oilseed Rape and Spring Linseed, all on soils ranging from sandy clay loams through Kuper Marl to heavy clays.  Around 80 acres of the farm is in the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme.

GPS steering and Variable Rate Product Application are used extensively on the farm via high accuracy GPS subscription signals.  A controlled or Managed Traffic system is used for crop establishment.  All operations use auto steer and run on the same wheelings and tramlines every year, which helps reduce compaction on heavy soils.  Seed and fertiliser are applied variably using a combination of soil scanning and satellite imagery throughout the growing season, allowing the targeting placement of inputs to help maximise yields.

Farm Manager Rob Fox will take us on a tour of Squab Hall and tell us how he costed out and evaluated use of precision technology on the farm.   A sandwich lunch will be provided courtesy of Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.

BASIS and NRoSO points will be available for attendees.

Please book your free place on the tour with Jane Hampson.

Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780159291
Email Address:
Website: Open Website
Event Date: 8 May 2019

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Registration No: 7026157

Registered office: 23 West Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 9SA

Hub Chairman

Henry Lucas

Rural Hub Co-ordinator

Jane Hampson

Tel: 07780 159291

Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors

Henry Lucas (Hub Chairman)
Graham Collier (Hub Deputy Chairman)
Paul Rice
Carrie Robbins
Alexandra Robinson
James Walton


Hub Steering Group Members

Luke Ryder, NFU
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Susan Schlee, S2M Marketing
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
Mark Meadows, Tithe Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Bob Slater, Slater Farm Management Services
Chris Tallis, Tallis Amos Group
Jef Tuyn, Agricultural Consultant
Matt Willmott, King's Seeds
Jon Slee, Abbey Farm


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