Bere Marsh is situated between the meandering River Stour and the former Somerset & Dorset railways, close to the village of Shillingstone in the Blackmore Vale area of North Dorset. 

The CRT brought the 92-acre farm in 2020 from the family of local farmer and conservationist, the late Angela Hughes. In 2022, a nature reserve at the farm was named in her honour and the 700m wildlife corridor on the former railway can be visited by prior appointment.

Watch our series of videos on the stages of Bere Marsh Farm’s development.


Nature at the farm

Bere Marsh already attracts a great deal of wildlife with a vast range of bird species that are frequently spotted at the farm, including barn owls that nest in the appropriately named Barn Owl Barn (Bob) that was renovated in 2022 thanks to public donations, and arts and crafts classes and events are held at the site each year. 

With the recent addition of three Oxford Sandy and Black pigs. They were brought to the farm to break up the soil and create patches of bare ground. This will help a wider range of plant species to establish, creating a greater diversity of habitats for wildlife. Soon insects and small mammals will have more places to feed, shelter, and breed, and as their numbers increase predators from barn owls to swallows will have more to eat.

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The Buzz Cafe

The Buzz Cafe at Bere Marsh Farm is our coffee trailer, that uses only locally sourced products and environmentally friendly packaging. The Buzz Cafe will have a range of tasty, fresh snacks both savoury and sweet that couple perfectly with a rich coffee or flavourful tea. 


The Buzz


Bere Marsh Farm is located in Shillingstone near Blandford.

For satnav use DT11 0QY



Watch our series of Bere Marsh Farms development below.