Issue 134 July
News from the Farm Issue 134 July

June was far too wet for us with potatoes being the main concern.

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The privilege of sparrowhawks visiting our gardens
Latest News The privilege of sparrowhawks visiting our gardens

This might be one of the more controversial topics we’ve covered in our bird of the month series, as whilst many of you reading this will rejoice in the spectacle of a sparrowhawk arriving at high s

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Issue 133 June
News from the Farm Issue 133 June

Our sunflowers were sown this month, ready for their August display - weather permitting

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The humble house sparrow - and why it needs your help
Latest News The humble house sparrow - and why it needs your help

If you asked most folk what they thought was the commonest bird in the UK, most would probably say the house sparrow. However, whilst that would have been true a number of decades ago, it certainly is

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Belarus, a dream that was more than a dream
Latest News Belarus, a dream that was more than a dream

During the first week in May I went to Belarus with a friend to see birds that we don’t, or seldom, see in the UK and also see a bit of life in Russia. Having said that, you don’t go to Russia fo

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BTO confirms what we already believed: feeding the birds in your garden increases their numbers
Latest News BTO confirms what we already believed: feeding the birds in your garden increases their numbers

Relatively small scale studies in recent decades have generally pointed towards a positive effect of feeding the birds in our gardens in terms of their numbers, but now a more comprehensive study car

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Only feed dried mealworms at this time of year if they're firstly soaked in water
Latest News Only feed dried mealworms at this time of year if they're firstly soaked in water

A few days back one of our customers alerted us to an advert on Facebook from another bird food company, as they were concerned that the message encouraged people to feed dried mealworms straight fro

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May and June in the wildlife garden
Latest News May and June in the wildlife garden

Despite some real ups and downs in our weather over the last month or so – including record-breaking warm temperatures in April and unseasonably cold days in early May – we’re now well and trul

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Guide to Putting Up Nest Boxes
Guide to Putting Up Nest Boxes

Why should you provide nest boxes for birds in your garden? Providing nest boxes for birds in your garden is a great way to attract different species of birds, plus it is fun and very rewarding to

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Guide to Feeding Live Mealworms to Garden Birds

Feeding live mealworms to the birds in your garden is one of the most important things you can do to help their breeding success, and therefore help reverse the decline in the numbers of many of our o

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Food Storage

There are five main aspects to ensuring your bird food is stored in good condition and ready to be used when you need it: Keeping bird food dry If seeds get even slightly damp they will either start t

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Issue 132 May
News from the Farm Issue 132 May

We have had so many dry days all our sugar beet was drilled in March and potatoes planted

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A side effect of feeding live food
Latest News A side effect of feeding live food

The rewards of feeding garden birds are significant and plenty and you make make new friends too

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Latest News Starlings - you either love them or you don't but we need to reverse the decline

Starlings are adapting more than ever to exploit bird feeders, but you can strike a balance for them and other songbird species to feed in your garden. Although much of every daylight hour is take

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My first close encounter with the fastest bird on the planet
Latest News My first close encounter with the fastest bird on the planet

Spring and the sound of a cuckoo calling on the farm made my day. In the distance I could also hear a bird of prey. Not just any bird, a Peregrine. They nest on a sea cliff just a few miles away and

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The aptly named pied wagtail
Latest News The aptly named pied wagtail

If ever a bird was given a name which largely described both its appearance and behaviour in just two words, it would have to be the pied wagtail: It is indeed black and white and, without question, i

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