November 2016

Well!!! –  November has started wet and the cereal crops on the farm have finally got what they needed … RAIN …

The free range geese are doing very well this year.  Grass this time of year is of low quality and doesn’t grow very fast and contributes the absolute minimum to the goose’s overall dietary needs, so, as is usual for early November, we bring the geese in off the large paddocks onto smaller strawed areas. During damp cold weather that often typifies November, we can bed the geese more effectively on a limited area thus keeping them warmer, dryer and more comfortable and the loss of the low value grass has insignificant impact on the birds performance.

There has been an enormous amount of interest in our geese this year and orders are well ahead of last year. Word is getting out that we are the premier goose producers in East Anglia. Why not contact us and get a goose direct from the farm, or if you prefer you could go to your  local butcher.

Remember with a Munns free range goose you are guaranteed a truely seasonal fayre, indeed British free range goose is the only commonly eaten totally seasonal bird that we have left in this country.

Environmental Management -January 2, 2012

Environmental measures integrated within our farming operation.

The whole farm is managed under the umbrella of two CSS agreements, which are currently  about mid-term. The main features of the schemes are as follows:-

  • Every field has a 6m grass margin.
  • Nearly every cereal field has a 24m conservation headland around its periphery.
  • In the centre of the farm is a 1.5ha reedbed which was constructed during 2000. this incorporates areas of wet fen, reedbed, swampy areas, open water and recreated grassland.
  • Most dyke banks are not mowed at all except where absolutely necessary. Slubbing out is carried out in the winter time and only the central water way is disturbed.

The main habitats that have been created/retained and how they complement the  existing landscape.

  • The grass margins and beetle bankhave proved to be very popular with nesting Grey Partridges. Many other birds use them for foraging for food such as Corn Buntings, Reed Buntings and Lapwings.
  • The last lifted Sugar beet is put into set-aside the following year to allow ideal nesting areas for Lapwings and Sky larks. (on one 37 acre field this year we estimate about seven or eight Lapwing nests).
  • The two hectares of overwintered stubble followed by a summer fallow is also a useful tool in the provision of nesting areas for the above birds.
  • The provision of the 1.5ha reedbed and unmown dyke sides provide a network of traditional fenland habitats for many threatened species of birds and mammals.
  • Numerous plots of wild bird seed mix are sown every other year across the whole farm and provide vital food resources for many wild birds during the winter months. Within these plots we supplement the feed with spread wheat during the harshest winter weather. Last year a local wildlife writer recorded the largest flocks of Corn/Reed Buntings he had seen anywhere in Cambridgeshire feeding on our wild bird mix.
  • We have  a small but increasing population of Tree Sparrows that we have encouraged by the siting of a group of nest boxes within a small group of trees to one end of a parcel of wild bird mix.

The resulting benefits to local wildlife.

Many species of birds, insects and mammals have benefited by our environmental policies.

  • Water voles are common across the majority of the drains on the farm and are undisturbed through reduced ditch maintenance.
  • Most of the endangered farmland birds are present and thriving on the farm. It is estimated that there are around 15 breeding pairs of lapwing on the farm. This is up from about 10 pairs last year. Tree Sparrows are nesting in special nest boxes provided on farm.
  • About twelve species of dragon/damsel flies are resident in our reedbed, including the Hairy dragonfly.
  • Grey Partridge are increasing in abundance due to the provision 6m margins and the beetle bank. Within which they like to nest, and which also provide abundant insects for their young.

The ways we have ensured that our farming operations have minimal impact on the environment.

  • Where possible we avoid the use of broad spectrum insecticides.
  • Tractor hoeing is avoided where possible to protect ground nesting birds nests/young.
  • Staff are encouraged to mark nests, so as to prevent accidental damage.
  • Dyke maintenance is restricted to the minimum allowing old reed stems to be undamaged to provide nesting sites for Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings and to provide undisturbed habitat for water voles and cover for  a multitude of other species.

“We love the environment and the countryside within which we live and bring up our daughter. We owe it everything we have and we commit ourselves through our tenancy and influence to enhance and improve that environment”.

Matthew Smith, Peterborough December 27, 2013

Hi George.

I had to drop by to say what a fantastic goose you supplied us this year! I even followed your cooking guidelines, including your stuffing recipe from your leaflet, and everything went down a storm – it came out golden and crispy with plenty of breast meat for everyone. I used some of the fat for the roast potatoes and they were delicious, with plenty left over for the freezer. One happy customer.

Have a Happy New Year and well done on a great product.

Kay Aubrey -December 22, 2012

Have read the emails and strongly agree with them. The goose I had from yourselves last year (2011) was excellent, I have recommened you to all my friends and am trying to get them to order from you for themselves. The quality of service and friendlyness is fantastic. The birds taste fantastic and beat turkey every time.

I wish you a great Christmas (2012) and fantastic New Year.


Comments Christmas 2015

Some Emails we received after Christmas 2015

Just wanted to say thanks! Great bird – fantastic taste!
I hope you and yours had a great Christmas too!
See you next year!
Best wishes,
Patrick and family (Cambridge)

Please could you check your account and confirm receipt of £36.81 ref: E W G Goose. I have sent direct today so should be with you now.
Many thanks. (Truly lovely Christmas dinner!) Ed (Soham cambs)

Hi George,
Happy New Year – fantastic goose really lovely, thanks again. Perhaps if possible I can arrange to purchase a bird from you for Christmas this year?
Best wishes for 2011.
Tracy (Sunderland)

George Munns
Just wanted to thank you and say how much we enjoyed the goose which you
supplied us a Christmas.
Thank you