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Due to the dry weather all farming operations have been carried out on schedule and everything appears to be growing.
With fine weather forecasted, we are hoping to get on with the potato planting and drilling the sugar beet
So far we have been lucky and the avian flu restrictions have not affected us, unlike other farmers. If hens can’t be let out after a certain number of weeks, this could mean the hens, and their eggs, could no longer be considered as free range
There's not much activity in the fields at the moment, but wheat and potatoes continue to be loaded
Nicholas was expecting potato prices to rise, but instead they have started to drop
Drilling and ploughing has been done in record time; its always a race against time with the days getting shorter and shorter
Nicholas talks about the importance of cover crops in helping to add nutrients back in to the soil
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.
A busy month on the farm with the harvest and annual Bird Fair
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
Nicholas reports on record breaking rainfall & the lack of sunshine affecting the wheat yield
Excitement on the farm this month with the crew from Springwatch visiting us
April was cold and windy, but the warm sun has helped us with the potato planting
The rainfall last month has delayed our spring planting
The recent fine weather has allowed us to start preparing our rape and wheat fields
January and February are the months for repairing, building and modifying the farm
Nicholas has a final review of 2015's rainfall & discusses potato surplus and Tree Sparrow nesting boxes
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.
Nicholas reviews the effect of the mild autumn on the crops and discusses no-till farming.
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.
Vine House Farm harvest news, potato prices, bird migration and Tree Sparrows are topics covered by Nicholas this month
Nicholas announces our £1million donation to The Wildlife Trust and talks about the plight of our Barn Owls
Summer storms and the varying amount of rain in different parts of the country is considered by Nicholas this month.
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
It was a cold May but was it wet enough? Nicholas discusses farming issues and wildlife around the farm.
Spring has sprung and Nicholas discusses the highlights that are happening now, in and around the farm.
Nicholas talks about the March weather and the importance of feeding live mealworms
Nicholas talks about life on the farm and feeding all types of different birds
Nicholas discusses the issues in falling prices of crops
Nicholas discusses the harvesting of wheat
Nicholas discusses how the worldwide prices of some seeds have dropped
Nicholas talks about our sunflowers and the resident barn owls
Nicholas talks about the blossoming wildlife on the farm
Nicholas talks about how the mild weather has affected work on the farm and wildlife.
Lucy shares how proud she is of Nicholas making it as a finalist for the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming awards.
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.
News from the Farm. Spring is finally emerging but what effect has the extended cold weather had on farming and wildlife?
News from the Farm brought to you by Nicholas Watts.
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.
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.
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.
Crops are suffering due to the lack of sunshine and so is wildlife.
The wet cool weather continues and Nicholas looks at the affect this has on farmland and garden birds.
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.
Spring is here! Nicholas talks of wildlife activity on the farm and his recent trip to Ghana where he helped the BTO.
Nicholas updates us on life on the farm over the past couple of months and reports on wildlife seen and heard.
Nicholas reflects on the unusual weather patterns this year and the wildlife seen on the farm recently
The family take a trip to the House of Commons for the Silver Lapwing Awards and Nicholas summarises how harvest has gone this year.
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.
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.
Nicholas reflects on the dry weather we've had and the wildlife that emerges during the Spring season.
Nicholas reflects on the recent cold weather and the effect it's had on wildlife and farming.
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.
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.
News from the farm and updates on birds species increasing on our farmland.
Your regular update from Nicholas Watts on issues affecting wild birds and
Vine House Farm Bird Foods.
And the winner is... Nicholas is announced the overall winner of the RSPB Nature of Farming Award.
At Vine House Farm we offer you an unrivalled combination of superb quality, outstanding value for money and genuine environmental credentials. All three of these points have something in common: they’re driven by the fact that we grow much of our bird seed right here on our wildlife-friendly farm, then supply our customers direct. Looking at our high quality and outstanding value for money on bird food in a more detail...
You probably already know that not all bird food is the same, with a huge variation in quality across the market and with this not necessarily reflected in the price – i.e. expensive doesn’t always mean the best! At Vine House Farm we control the quality from the time we sow a seed into the ground, right up to the point we pack products like our mixed seed and send it direct to our customers. For products such as sunflower hearts, which we have to import, we’re very fussy about quality and always ensure we buy the best available for your garden birds.
With all of our operation right here on the farm, it means our costs are less than most other bird food brands – some of which have separate call centres, packing facilities and distribution centres. So less cost means lower prices on bird feeders, accessories, seed, seed mixes, suet blocks, fat balls and nest boxes for our customers.
And for our environmental credential...
At Vine House Farm our bird seed range is very large and covers both straight seeds and seed mixes. Many of the different seed types we grow here on the farm, with these including red millet, white millet, canary seed, naked oats, oil seed rape and black sunflower (though some black sunflower we do have to also import). Our bird seed mixes are expertly blended, and this following years of experience and knowledge gained through testing and research.
Of course all the effort we put in and the very reason people buy from us, is so that they can enjoy feeding the birds in their gardens. It is about the enjoyment but also the reward of knowing that providing the right foods, in the right way and at the right time of year, improves the breeding success of many bird species and helps sustain and even increase populations of even more.
So buying your bird food and other related products from Vine House Farm makes a whole lot of sense for some very sound reasons.