The members guided walk around Home Farm, Teffont Evias went really well (though sadly a few were forced to drop out when it was deferred by a day to avoid heavy rain). The 23 who came walked in socially distanced groups of five or six with our excellent guides, Jasper Bacon, Peter and Martin Shallcross (and the last two made the journey twice) and came away knowing far more about the geology, topography, history and natural history of the village and its surrounding countryside.
The route map included the names of the fields which are always amusing to note: Giddy bridge, Goldens, Michaelmas Meadow, Pigeon House Pasture and so on. And the handout we were given showed the date-line of key events started with the Devonian Period 395 million years ago, when the land was not only under a sea but somewhere round about the Equator! It ended in 1999 with the Shallcross farming complex from Tisbury taking over the Home Farm tenancy, which continues to this day.
Photo: Barn owl
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