A HEREFORDSHIRE farmer has called for the next owners of a farm he used to work on to make the right decisions when it comes to wildlife.

Brian Davies is a tenant farmer who used to live and work at Baldwins Wood Farm in Kilcot, around six miles from thee town of Ross-on-Wye. He says he is concerned about the future of the land, which is a habitat for a variety of birds and other wildlife.

The 57-acre farm is going up for auction with the agent RG and RB Williams on June 26 at the Royal Hotel in Ross-on-Wye. The land is being sold along with a prefabricated bungalow.

Mr Davies said he moved from the farm after the previous owner, who was his landlord, died. He is now living in a caravan nearby, and had to sell most of his sheep and cattle when he moved.

Brian Davies in his caravanBrian Davies in his caravan (Image: Rob Davies)

Although he is disappointed to no longer be working on the farm, he says his main concern is the future of the wildlife, and that he hopes the next owner will work to preserve it.

"There's 250 trees and lots of wildlife," he said. "That's the only thing I care about, is I hope whoever moves in next will carry on the work I was doing to look after it."

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The brochure for the farm, published by the agent, says: "The land is contained within a ring fence surrounding the homestead. It has extensive frontage to Sargents Lane which ensures easy access for machinery and livestock.

"Most of the trees were felled years ago. It still contains numerous oaks and also has a small plantation on the south western boundary.

"The land is used for livestock production and lies about 330 feet above sea level. There is ample shade and shelter for livestock."


Describing the location of the farm, the brochure adds: "Baldwins Wood Farm occupies a peaceful rural location off Sargents Lane between the villages of Kilcot and Linton in south Herefordshire.

"In spite of its rural location the farm lies within one mile of access to junction three of the M50.

"Ross-on-Wye provides a useful range of shopping, recreational and educational amenities."