As well as conserving heritage varieties of apples and pears, Drove Orchards has a long history of nature conservation work. The current owner Andrew Jamieson’s grandparents loved Norfolk and its wildlife, so bought Drove and the marshland between Holme and Thornham in the 1920s, to keep it from being developed.
Their love of wildlife was inherited by Andrew’s father, Major David Jamieson.
Andrew says: ‘I was always much struck by a contemporary newspaper article about my father when he won the Victoria Cross aged 23, for his part in the Normandy Landings.
‘He was asked what he was going to do next and replied ‘I am going to go back to Norfolk and work with local wildlife.’
His work continues to this day.Drove Orchards, which encompasses orchards and marshland, is part of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is between nearby RSPB Titchwell Marsh, NWT Holme Dunes and Holme Bird Observatory and Reserve, home of the Norfolk Ornithologists Association (NOA).
Our ‘In Season’ page also features recent sightings from Sophie at the NOA, including Red Kites wheeling overhead and seasonal visitors to the North Norfolk coast.
Independently, we also operate the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS), protecting the marshlands and various parts of the site for flora, fauna and wildlife.