A small farm with big ideas in the Endrick Valley

Carbeth Home Farm is nestled in the Endrick Valley, between the Stirlingshire villages of Killearn and Balfron. Our mission is to sustainably diversify our business, increase biodiversity and carbon sequestration, and to promote educational and wellbeing opportunities.

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Carbeth House with spring blossom – photo by Sam Lyth
Biodiversity
Sam Lyth

Sounds of Spring

As a newcomer to an area it is always a delight to see spring unfurling across a new landscape. Now, with the slightly warmer weather and longer evenings I am enjoying the sounds of spring as I go out on my regular walks. With the Easter holidays just starting there is so much to enjoy on and around the Carbeth Estate it is hard to know where to start.

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Carbon & Climate
Zoe Shuttleworth

All the Fun Guys

Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that support and sustain nearly all living systems. The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them. 

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Biodiversity
Zoe Shuttleworth

What do we want? Dung beetles!

An unlikely rallying call perhaps, but in the realm of soil health, this particular group of insects can provide profound benefits, including improving soil structure and fertility, reducing the parasitic burden in livestock, and increasing carbon sequestration.

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Curlew – photo by Marko Hankkila
Biodiversity
Zoe Shuttleworth

Wading birds at Carbeth

Our marshy, rushy fields bordering the River Endrick make a challenging environment for agricultural management, but provide an important habitat for a number of wading birds, which have suffered severe decline in recent decades.

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The Loup of Fintry – photo by Andrewmckie
Biodiversity
Zoe Shuttleworth

Life on the River Endrick

The River Endrick, a designated Special Area of Conservation, flows from its source in the Campsie Fells, to its mouth in Loch Lomond, and forms the entire northern border of Carbeth Home Farm and is host to some spectacular wildlife.

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Community
Sam Lyth

A winter walk around Carbeth Estate – Killearn

For the locals, I am sure you know the route I am going to describe, but perhaps after reading my previous blog of twenty things to look out for, you will find more even more of interest. For visitors, this relatively short and relatively easy walk is a good introduction to the area.

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