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Swifts - in my mind the most interesting member of the Hirundines (swallows, sifts, martins). We are lucky in that all 4 British speices occur on the farm, although only swallows currently nest here. Its always exciting to see the first Swifts in May, normally high up screeching around. Not far down the road at Leigh Church there is a small colony of swifts which nest under the stone roof tiles. We spotted these a few years back at the parish bbq whilst led on the grass enjoying a burger. Watching them zoom in at high speed to a tiny hole on the roof was great. So why put up a nest box for them? So swifts really do need a helping hand. Numbers are going down, some say we only have 50

Butchery now on farm

We have been using local butchers to cut and pack our beef, however we have now got approval from our Environmental Health Officer to start cutting and packing in our own facilities on the farm. This gives us even more control and the opportunity to deliver more bespoke requests. It also means we can learn the art of beef butchery and get involved with as much of the job as possible, all the way from pasture to plate.

Dawn Chorus walks a success

This year we hosted 2 Dawn Chorus walks here at Waterhay Farm. The first in late April was with the Cotswold Waterpark Trust, the second a week later in early May was exclusively for our own beef customers. For both we had great weather. A little chilly at 5am, but it quickly got light and warmer. For both walks we clocked up nearly 50 species hear or seen, highlights beeing 3 Cuckoos seen, 2 at close range, Great White Egrets floating over us again close enough to distinguish the key features, and a full range of warblers (Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cettis and Garden). Both walks finished with a fry up and croissa

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The Rumming family have been farming cattle on the banks of the Thames at Waterhay near Cirencester, and at Lydiard near Swindon for over 60 years.  We provide the highest possible animal welfare which together with the grass fed diet produce superior beef.


Our beef is hung on the bone for 3-4 weeks to give the best flavour and texture, and then expertly butchered and packed in our own on farm butchery.  You can collect the beef fresh or frozen directly from the farms. 

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