Nothing better than Live Mealworms
Gallery Nothing better than Live Mealworms

There's nothing better than have arrived live mealworms for nestlings & fledglings

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The bold and highly vocal Wren
Latest News The bold and highly vocal Wren

As we continue our series of blogs where we look at a specific species of garden bird, this time it’s about the bold, highly vocal and very popular Wren. Perhaps the most surprising fact about the W

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The Herring & Lesser Black Backed Gull
Gallery The Herring & Lesser Black Backed Gull

The Herring Gull and Lesser Black Backed Gull are both the same size, and both can be quite aggressive with semi hooked beaks. The Lesser Black Backed Gull is a summer visitor, wintering in Spain but

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A Chilly Start by Andrew Cooper
Latest News A Chilly Start by Andrew Cooper

Frosty mornings in March are not something we are used to down in the depths of Devon. Perhaps up on Dartmoor but not here closer to the sea.  Our farm is just a couple of miles inland from the south

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All about the Blackbird
Latest News All about the Blackbird

As part of our monthly series which focuses on a particular species of garden bird, this month it's the Blackbird – a bird we’re all very familiar with but perhaps there’s more to know? The Blac

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An unexpected flock of rock doves AND an otter
Latest News An unexpected flock of rock doves AND an otter

The photo shows my small bothy by the river Fleet, and this is where I write my occasional guest blog for Vine House Farm. In the background is our house, and the land to the left of both buildings is

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Why circular perches are such a good idea
Latest News Why circular perches are such a good idea

It doesn’t seem that many years ago that tube seed feeders all had simple straight perches. Such a perch is fine for species such as Greenfinch and Great Tit, but Chaffinches can struggle on them an

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Winter Wildlife Watching by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Winter Wildlife Watching by Andrew Cooper

Winter is a great time to watch wildlife and walking into the wind can be especially fruitful.  Many birds and mammals are so busy finding food they do not sense your approach. You can get quite clos

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Small birds and those long winter nights
Latest News Small birds and those long winter nights

We all know that the birds that visit our gardens in winter need more food to keep themselves warm when the temperature really drops, but the extent to which this is true and the level of importance d

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Butterflies on the windfalls by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Butterflies on the windfalls by Andrew Cooper

Here at Church Farm in south Devon, the morning queue is not for the bathroom but the bird table. Blue and great tits gather in nearby bushes for their breakfast. They have us well trained. Summer las

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The Caching Coal Tit
Latest News The Caching Coal Tit

Coal Tits are a fairly regular visitor to most garden feeding stations, with the exception of areas with few trees and in particular few conifers – where we are in the Lincolnshire Fens being a good

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Climate change and food availability improves Blackcap population
Latest News Climate change and food availability improves Blackcap population

There’s been a great piece in the news this week – which even made the BBC news homepage – about how Blackcaps have shifted their European migration route to exploit the food we put out for bird

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Latest News The intriguing glimmer of a glow worm by Andrew Cooper

What a year so far!  Summer at Church Farm in Devon was blissfully hot and dry until August arrived. Butterflies and bees flourished on the abundance of wild flowers bursting in the meadows. Our bird

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Latest News Attracting winter songbird migrants to your garden

This is a subject we’ve covered in previous years, but it always seems popular so we’re revisiting it again. So, for a start off, we’re really talking about two groups of birds here: The specie

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Latest News Barn Owl Update from Nicholas Watts

Barn Owl Bonanza 2014 has been a fantastic season for Barn Owls in South Lincolnshire, broods of 6 have been quite common and we have had several pairs rearing second broods. In 30 years of recording

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Latest News Wildlife In Your Garden with Steve and Liz Dudley

Wildlife In Your Garden, with Vine House Farm Steve and Liz Dudley kindly answer our questions on how they have created their own wildlife garden in the Cambridgeshire fens. Where do you live – town

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