Irish Rose Farm and Bradbury Riding Club are situated on three adjacent properties that together provide seventeen acres of preserved equine land. An historic avocado orchard and eight acres of natural woodland provide a sanctuary for wildlife. A wide variety of native birds use this tiny nature preserve for nesting, resting and as a food source. The “edge” habitat provides a home for deer that forage among the avocado trees and find cover and shelter in the chaparral. Small mammals nest and burrow throughout the properties. The dense canopies of the coast live oaks and California sycamores provide shelter for the smaller birds, the goldfinches, bushtits, towhees, warblers and sparrows, as well as a home for pollinators and insects. Native plants along the hillside provide food and shelter for butterflies, birds and small mammals.
As members of the National Audubon Society, we participate in an annual bird count. We have a documented biologist report protecting the nutteries of the woodpeckers that nest in the dead avocado trees. Many babies were nesting at the time the city wanted the trees removed, so we were fortunate to save them.
Irish Rose Farm was one of the first members of the Equine Land Conservation Resource. Bradbury currently has a partial trail system, but we need more landowner and community support in Bradbury and Duarte to create a local chapter to extend the trail system to the San Gabriel River, and preserve precious remaining open land areas for horses, native plants and wildlife. We would love your help.
Irish Rose Farm 1849 Royal Oaks Dr. North Bradbury, CA 91000 Debbie Opp and Norman Day (626) 358-9234 phone/fax Debbieopp@verizon.net