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November 2016

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Nicholas talks about the importance of cover crops in helping to add nutrients back in to the soil

October 2016

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The harvest continues, including the start of potato lifting. Nicholas has also been adding to the number of Tree Sparrow nesting boxes we have on the farm.

September 2016

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A busy month on the farm with the harvest and annual Bird Fair

August 2016

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It's been a bit of a waiting game for the harvest - we have been harvesting winter barley and oil seed rape and the wheat will be ready shortly

July 2016

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Nicholas reports on record breaking rainfall & the lack of sunshine affecting the wheat yield

June 2016

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Excitement on the farm this month with the crew from Springwatch visiting us

May 2016

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April was cold and windy, but the warm sun has helped us with the potato planting

April 2016

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The rainfall last month has delayed our spring planting

March 2016

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The recent fine weather has allowed us to start preparing our rape and wheat fields

February 2016

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January and February are the months for repairing, building and modifying the farm

January 2016

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Nicholas has a final review of 2015's rainfall & discusses potato surplus and Tree Sparrow nesting boxes

December 2015

The Wildlife Trusts have produced an amazing infographic as part of our ‘Thanks A Million’ campaign which visually summarizes the positive impact Vine House Farm and The Wildlife Trusts’ relationship has had on our garden birds.

December 2015

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Nicholas reviews the effect of the mild autumn on the crops and discusses no-till farming.

November 2015

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In this latest Newsletter, Nicholas congratulates his daughter and new son-in-law on their marriage, and talks of potato lifting, wheat drilling and sugar beet prices. Nicholas is also interested in where all the Wood Pigeons have gone.

September 2015

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Vine House Farm harvest news, potato prices, bird migration and Tree Sparrows are topics covered by Nicholas this month

August 2015

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Nicholas announces our £1million donation to The Wildlife Trust and talks about the plight of our Barn Owls

July 2015

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Summer storms and the varying amount of rain in different parts of the country is considered by Nicholas this month.

June 2015

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The weather, as always, is at the forefront of Nicholas' mind as he considers the potential yield from his crops. It has also had an effect on the Barn Owl population

May 2015

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It was a cold May but was it wet enough? Nicholas discusses farming issues and wildlife around the farm.

April 2015

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Spring has sprung and Nicholas discusses the highlights that are happening now, in and around the farm.

March 2015

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Nicholas talks about the March weather and the importance of feeding live mealworms

February 2015

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Nicholas talks about life on the farm and feeding all types of different birds

January 2015

Nicholas discusses the issues in falling prices of crops

December 2014

Nicholas discusses the harvesting of wheat

November 2014

Nicholas discusses how the worldwide prices of some seeds have dropped

October 2014

Nicholas talks about our sunflowers and the resident barn owls

September 2014

Nicholas talks about the blossoming wildlife on the farm

April 2014

Flocks of Finches, Buntings, Yellow Hammers and Linnets on the farm

Nicholas talks about how the mild weather has affected work on the farm and wildlife.

August 2013

Nicholas Watts RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award  Finalist 2013

Lucy shares how proud she is of Nicholas making it as a finalist for the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming awards.

May 2013

Tree Sparrow with mealworms

Is it the coldest spring since the 70's? Nicholas reflects on the impact this has had on crops and wildlife. Find out about the bird life seen on the farm and in our garden.

April 2013

Newsletter 70

News from the Farm. Spring is finally emerging but what effect has the extended cold weather had on farming and wildlife?

February 2013

Newsletter 69

News from the Farm brought to you by Nicholas Watts.

January 2013

Nicholas with Michael Portillo for Great British Railway Journeys filming

We've been inundated with Fieldfares and Bramblings this winter. The Fieldfares have now eaten all the berries and are searching our fields for worms. This week Vine House Farm features on Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo.

December 2012

A pair of young Swallows in the yard at Vine House Farm

For the first time Vine House Farm sunflowers could not be harvested due to the poor weather this year. Nicholas shares his observations on migratory birds this winter.

October 2012

Wheatear on the farm

Nicholas reflects on the effect the poor summer has had on crops this year as harvest draws to a close and gives the low down on fat and suet products.

August 2012

Newsletter 65 - August 2012

Crops are suffering due to the lack of sunshine and so is wildlife.

June 2012

Reed Bunting

The wet cool weather continues and Nicholas looks at the affect this has on farmland and garden birds.

May 2012

Whitethroat with an insect

Nicholas Watts reflects on the unseasonable spring weather and the effect it has had on farming and wildlife. Summer migrant birds are starting to appear on the farm.

March 2012

Page 1 of March/April Newsletter 2012 - News from the Farm by Nicholas Watts

Spring is here! Nicholas talks of wildlife activity on the farm and his recent trip to Ghana where he helped the BTO.

February 2012

Reed Bunting eating Reed Seeds

Nicholas updates us on life on the farm over the past couple of months and reports on wildlife seen and heard.

December 2011

Short Eared Owl

Nicholas reflects on the unusual weather patterns this year and the wildlife seen on the farm recently

November 2011

Adam Henson presents The Silver Lapwing Award to Nicholas.

The family take a trip to the House of Commons for the Silver Lapwing Awards and Nicholas summarises how harvest has gone this year.

September 2011

Yellow Wagtail

Nicholas talks about harvest time so far and the effect the weather has had on local wildlife, in particular Barn Owls, Tree Sparrows and Yellow Wagtails.

July 2011

Tree Sparrow chicks

The early spring weather has meant many species of bird were able to breed earlier than normal. Nicholas shares with us the species breeding on and around the farm.

April 2011

April 2011 Newsletter

Nicholas reflects on the dry weather we've had and the wildlife that emerges during the Spring season.

January 2011

Fieldfares devouring the berries in early December

Nicholas reflects on the recent cold weather and the effect it's had on wildlife and farming.

November 2010

Harvesting Sunflowers

A look back at this year's harvest, birds spotted on the farm and news of a mushroom habitat thriving in one of Nicholas' spinneys.

August 2010

Countryfile's Adam Henson

Countryfile visit Vine House Farm, Nicholas identifies wildlife seen on the farm and news of the British Bird Watching Fair event held 20-22 August.

June 2010

Lapwing nesting in our asparagus.

News from the farm and updates on birds species increasing on our farmland.

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Brambling eating Vine House Farm Red Millet.

Your regular update from Nicholas Watts on issues affecting wild birds and Vine House Farm Bird Foods.

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Newsletter 73 - September 2013

And the winner is... Nicholas is announced the overall winner of the RSPB Nature of Farming Award.