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About Farnless Farm Park

Farnless Farm is a 3rd generation, 200 acre mixed farm hidden away in the stunning County Durham countryside. If you visit our working farm today you’ll see our herds of North American Bison, Elk and Red Deer as well as our flock of Rhea.

Here you’ll see countryside management at its best as you pick out the huge diversity of wild birds, then come back to our coffee shop and sit and watch Pot Belly Pigs, Pigmy Goats, Peacocks, Chickens and many other wonderful animals

ElkOur herds of Bison, Elk and Deer roam an 80 acre pasture and you will be sure to get up close with these animals in their natural environment on your farm walk and depending on the time of year you may even see some young. These are dangerous farm animals that occupy a big area and at no time can you enter their pasture so be prepared to walk.

The animals are only half the farm as we are recognised by the RSPB and Durham Bird Club as the North East of England’s most prolific lowland farm for wild birds, 120 species have been spotted here. We boast the largest population of Corn Bunting in the North East. There are Tree Sparrows, Skylark, Red Shank and Kestrel to name but a few our nature reserve is a haven for rare plants and butterflies.

After all this exercise come back to the Farm/coffee Shop Peacock and chickensand enjoy our homemade drinks and snacks. Then as you leave pick up some local produce, try some venison or bison steaks maybe some pheasant or just some game pie we have it all whether you want a quick quality meal after work or some weekend gourmet cooking. Alternatively you may want a unique gift or just something to remember your day at Farnless and we have it in our shop.

Countryside Stewardship Scheme Farnless Farm is part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and we are aiming for Higher Level Stewardship so you’ll see all our fields have margins to promote wild birds, you’ll see we have wild bird seed areas, over-wintered stubble and hedgerow planting schemes. We are managing our wetlands and have put up bird boxes for owls. All farmers manage the countryside and we are no different, although we’d like to think we have gone a bit further and we have recognition for this
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If you are a keen bird watcher or purely interested in the countryside and its flora and fauna you’ll enjoy your time at Farnless and are guaranteed to see English nature at its best.

Your Hosts familydogFarnless Farm is in the heart of County Durham and run by the Anderson Family. Stuart and Daphne Anderson have farmed this land all their working life and have seen the landscape and farming industry change dramatically over the last 50 years.

Stuart and Daphne will host your visit to the farm and are now assisted by their daughters Lynn and Gail as well as Lynn’s husband Simon as they move the farm forward with these exciting breeding programs
re-introducing native species to County Durham.

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