Friendly, furry, funny ...and sometimes a bit naughty!
Have you ever made a pig smile?
Elsie, our very own animal whisperer has, you can literally hear them laugh out loud together. They are often to be found following her around the field, usually in hope of some food, but if not, a good back scratch and tummy tickle will do. On a hot day you can watch them slide into the muddy wallow to cool off and roll around to apply their sun cream (wet mud!).
We have an ever growing Strawfields family that you are welcome to come and meet; if you would like, do come and help us feed them too. At present we have 2 Shetland ponies, 2 Kune Kune pigs, 2 Pygmy goats (we could almost be Devon's very own version of Noah's Ark!), 5 Call ducks, 3 farm cats 6 free range chickens, 8 Jacob sheep, one dog and very soon our newest addition coming early 2020... 3 beautiful Alpacas!
Come meet Maggie and Billy, see if you can make them laugh and see for your self how much they like their tummies tickled!
Inca loves everyone! Our very special, truly loved, slightly needy, but totally adorable Inca is here waiting to play with you. Best friends with all the animals and often to be found kissing the noses of the sheep and pigs or cuddling up on the sofa with Azzie, our cat. Ever so slightly obsessed with playing ball, so if you like throwing balls for hours on end...please come and stay soon!
If you love ponies our little Shetlands, Luna and Nellie, will be waiting at the gate to greet you. Rosie is our chief stable girl and if you would like, will help you groom them, or even more fun come help her clear their poop!
Well, what can I say about Buckbeak and Maebelle, we love them dearly, but they are a little bit naughty. We are sure that they spend their entire day scheming of the next plan of escape and what naughtiness they can get up to. Dreaming of how many of our vines or herbs can they eat before being caught, in fact I am convinced that is all they think about! However, they do keep us endlessly entertained and we are feeling it is time Maebelle had her first kid, so time to try some goat Tinder and see if we can find her a Billy!
Maya's little sister is Azzie, and last summer Maya had a little kitten called Monty. They are supposed to be self sufficient farm cats, but they do love to spend time hanging out with us at the farmhouse and are often to be seen coming on walks around the fields when we are out with the other animals.
We also have wonderful wildlife in and around the farm. You will see lots of House Martins in spring and summer, building mud nests and their little chicks can be found chirping, waiting fairly impatiently for their next feed. Wild ducks fly in and stay a while on the pond, Barn Owls often spotted at dusk, and a Heron flies in during the quieter months. Water voles, a very special and endangered species have been seen, as have many beautiful dragonflies, butterflies and watch out for the miniature frogs as you cross the stream.
We are never quite sure who or what will be the next member of the Strawfields menagerie, however, we are hoping to have more Jacob lambs born in time for the Easter holidays 2020 and Alex has her eye on some more chickens and ducks for the pond, whilst Nick is angling for Alpacas...you will have to come visit and see for yourselves who arrives first!
Come and meet the animals and choose which is your favourite.