06-Oct-2016

Lots of people visited Paxton Pits Nature Reserve on 2 October when local vintage tractor owners set to work on the arable fields. Spectators were thrilled to see the tractors working the fields and this year’s collection saw a good mix of tractors from the early 20th century until the mid-90s.

Huntingdonshire District Councillor Robin Carter, whose executive responsibilities include parks and countryside, said: "It’s a very special sight to see vintage tractors in action. Farming methods and machinery have changed tremendously, and it’s good to be reminded what farming was like in the 1950s. The wildlife at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is clearly benefiting from using these traditional practices which is excellent news, especially when many farmland species are in national decline."

Senior Ranger, Jim Stevenson, said: "Hay-time and harvest are long over and now the ground is prepared for next year’s crops. At Paxton Pits Nature Reserve we manage our farmland less intensively when we can, in a traditional way to help the wildlife. Yellow hammers and harvest mice have already benefited, and we enjoy seeing these as well as the wildflowers and arable weeds which come up amongst the crops."

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