The roman fort on the farm has been here since the 1st century AD –AD 600, but remains of worked wood and other remains indicate wooden tools from 3500 BC for fishing. A certain amount of archaeological work has been carried out since the late 1960s – in terms of aerial reconnaissance, auguring and field walking surveys and archaeological observation of limited trenching. The town was possibly called Epocessa and was a local market centre, with evidence of possible industrial activity. In 2007 a local archaeology company, Border Archaeology (borderarchaeology.com) did a lot of work on the site and found even more information.
Grass strips are planted alongside sensitive areas including water courses, hedges and in some cases houses. These total 6000 metres. Three years ago, we entered into a scheme with the RSPB and a number of different agencies to put down a special grass seed mixture around one field to encourage birds and insects to nest. The results have been monitored over the last few years and the results can be viewed here (Bird Record 1) and here (Bird Record 2). Alongside that, we have put in special scrapes in the fields as we are planting the wheat. These provide a nesting place or landing place for birds and their young.