Helen Browning’s Organic Eastbrook Farm
The farm stretches across 1,400 acres over the north Wiltshire Downs, right on the Oxfordshire and Berkshire borders. Helen Browning has run the place since 1986, when she started to move it towards organic status. About 3,000 organic pigs live here (and roaming large parts of it) at any one time, aged from an hour (or a minute) to 10 years old.
“Helen Browning’s Organic produces about 950,000 litres of organic milk every year from 170 dairy cows, which goes partly to the Organic Milk Supply Co-op, and partly to our local organic processor Berkeley Farm, just down the road. From the dairy herd we produce, as you might expect, a further 170 young animals each year – some are destined for a life as a dairy cow here; some we sell as beef; and some we sell (and consume) as pink or rose veal. Aside from livestock, we grow wheat for bread-making and animal feed; peas for animal feed; oats for porridge and muesli, and sometimes barley for the brewing industry.”
Wildlife Watching Supplies®
Simply put, Wildlife Watching Supplies® has designed, developed and manufactured the best wildlife photography hides and accessories available on the market to date. The extensive range of products are tried, tested and proven in the field. When I was planing this business, I did not hesitate for a single second as to whom I would be using as our supplier and ProHides. Some words from Kevin Keatley below. Please do visit their website and get yourself properly kitted out… beware of poor imitations!
We are a British design and manufacturing company. The products we design and manufacture are made in our workshop in Devon. We do also buy in products to compliment our range, some of which may not be made in the Britain. Our customer base is mainly retail but we also supply trade and to film makers and the BBC. Our products are used by British Forces around the world in some of the harshest climates and conditions.
Our business is international. As photographers and naturalist, we want to get close to our subject without disturbing it, we want to protect and camouflage our kit and be warm and comfortable ourselves so we can stay out in the field longer. For me, I know the fantastic feeling you get when you achieve that shot or have that privileged close encounter. As a Company, if we can help customers achieve this we are on the right track. We get such good feedback and when I talk to customers we have so much in common.
As a Company we want to offer an all round service, as well as our products and supplies we have a links page with other wildlife related sites for courses, holidays, inspiring photographers, wildlife related Companies and organisations. We also have a photo tips section to give some ideas on projects, how to use and get the best from our kit and where I can pass on my interest and knowledge of wildlife photography.
Wildlife Watching Supplies® has become well known in our industry and our products are used in a number of BBC series including the Natural World and Kingfisher Diaries. We are an ethical company and strive to offer the best service and products we can. We are part of the Trading Standards ‘Buy With Confidence‘ scheme and are listed on ‘Which Local‘. For me and the staff, it’s more than just a business; we enjoy what we do and take pride in our products and service and get a great boost when we read the customer feedback.”
One to One with Raptors
Clive Hill has been instrumental in establishing ProHides. Clive works at Helen Browning’s Organic Eastbrook Farm and carved out a role as their naturalist and conservation officer – among many other responsibilities. With a passion for birds of prey and over 15 years experience in keeping a variety of species, Clive Hill’s One to One with Raptors shares a great passion for these magnificent birds by giving you the opportunity to meet the birds face to face. From their base in the Thames Valley, just outside Pangbourne in Berkshire, One to One with Raptors are able to travel to venues within a 60 mile radius. Currently, the Raptor Team consists of Common Kestrel, Barn Owl, European Eagle Owl, Red Kite, European Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon and Harris Hawk.
“I have had a life-long interest in the countryside and natural history and grew up in rural Buckinghamshire in the days before computers and i-phones. All my spare time was spent exploring the fields around the family home and one of my earliest memories is of the noisy sparrows in the thatched roof of the pub opposite my parents’ house. Sadly, not such a common noise these days.
After going to Agricultural College in the late 1970s I have spent my whole working life on farms, which are the ideal workplace for anyone with an interest in Natural History and particularly birds. My particular passion is birds of prey and I have kept, and flown, raptors for the past 15 years. During that time I have seen the huge level of interest that people have in being able to see raptors “eye to eye” and wanting to share my passion for these amazing birds was the reason “One to One with Raptors” came into being.” Clive Hill
Whether it is in the classroom, working to the National Curriculum, or to a more general group meeting or talk, One to One with Raptors can bring their team of birds to you and adapt presentations to suit your particular needs. From a very basic “What is a bird?” to a more advanced “Food Chains and Webs” the team can help in delivering the chosen message to any given audience.