The Jay is a small family run farm in a peaceful and beautiful environment. It has six acres of pasture surrounding a 1.5 acre pool fed from natural springs. It has abundant plant, insect and animal life and is the perfect place to spend a few hours or even a few days fishing or simply enjoying the surrounding area with its many attractions. There is a great deal to see on walks starting from the farm.
The farm is a haven for all forms of wildlife, some rarer than others. The Redlake itself has been awarded the top classification for water quality by the Environment Agency and is monitored and studied at regular intervals throughout the year. It contains several rare species of plant and animal life. For many years it underwent an EA initiative to supplement salmon numbers in the river which was quite succesful. In addition to the the fish we can also boast pearl mussels and european crayfish close by if you look carefully. You should also see plenty of buzzards, red kites, kingfishers and local peregrines too on an almost daily basis.
In search of the ‘good life’ we raise pigs and chickens the old fashioned way and this shows in the flavour and quality of the pork, bacon and eggs that we produce and sell locally. Continuing with the food theme in the very near future we will be providing other tasty offerings in the form of a variety of home cured and home-smoked foods that we will be producing entirely at the farm. Local game and fish will also be utilised subject to availablity and season to supplement our own range of fothcoming Charcuterie products.
The immediate area is steeped in history, of particular note is Leintwardine’s Roman heritage. Artifacts are on display in the village hall. Numerous castles can be found in Wigmore, Mortimers Cross. Clun, Bishops Castle and Stokesay. There are many more English Heritage and National Trust properties within easy travelling distance.
Nearby Ludlow hosts an annual food and sausage trail festival in both May and September as well as the world renowned cultural festival in June and July. It has 450 listed buildings with the norman castle forming an impressive backdrop on cliffs above the beautiful Teme valley.
The Fly Fishery opened on 24th March 2012 and has been quite successful todate producing good catches of stocked rainbows to 5lb and a few wild brown trout with one fish at 11lb. Later in the year we will also be re-opening a holiday cottage – currently one bedroom but which will shortly be refurbished to provide two double bedrooms and spacious self catering accomodation.
In March 2013 we were very fortunate to secure funding from the Environment Agency to provide ‘Access For All’ facilities. This has enabled us to provide a hardstanding parking area and pathway to the pool. Further stone pathways link 4 safe fishing platforms specifically designed for wheelchair use. The pathways will offer year round access to the fishing areas of the pool and a smooth surface to aid mobility.
Our next initiative is to further promote fly fishing for schools and children in general. We aim to do this via ecology awareness sessions in conjunction with ‘Hooked On Fishing’ and also various competitions and fly fishing training sessions. Please check our website for regular updates on the ‘Junior Fly Fishing Page’ which will be available very shortly. This will be our theme at the Midland Game Fair at Weston Park on 14th – 15th September. See you there!