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Issue 142 March
Uncategorised Issue 142 March

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The joys and horrors of Parakeets on bird feeders, and what we've learnt from our customers
Latest News The joys and horrors of Parakeets on bird feeders, and what we've learnt from our customers

Going back just a decade or so, if you didn’t live in the south-east of England then you probably wouldn't have had Ring-necked parakeets visit your garden. But now these colourful foreign invaders

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Feed Birds in Winter - They need it!
Latest News Feed Birds in Winter - They need it!

Why is feeding birds in winter important? Although feeding birds in the winter has long been accepted as the most beneficial time to supplement their diets, feeding all year round also seems to have a

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Golden leaves and boozing butterflies by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Golden leaves and boozing butterflies by Andrew Cooper

Down here in deepest South Devon a damp Autumn did not seem so bad after such a mediocre end to Summer.  Luckily I have the sort of memory that seems to miss out the bad bits, so will gloss over the

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Scientific Study Shows Benefit of Feeding Garden Birds
Latest News Scientific Study Shows Benefit of Feeding Garden Birds

You may or may not have seen it in the news recently, but there was a great piece published by the BBC which outlined the results of a study carried out by scientists on the length of great tit bill s

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Comings and Goings in Devon by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Comings and Goings in Devon by Andrew Cooper

When days shorten and trees begin to lose their summer green, we know the softer colours of Autumn will soon be sweeping the land. For many people and birds alike warmer climes beckon at this time of

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Issue 113 October
News from the Farm Issue 113 October

Although the rain has hindered us, in a way it has also been quite good for us. All the rape and the cover crops are growing well and we are able to lift our potatoes without bruising them, which is m

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Celebrating 10 years of support for The Wildlife Trusts
Latest News Celebrating 10 years of support for The Wildlife Trusts

August saw the tenth anniversary of our relationship with The Wildlife Trusts, with the more important number being how much we’ve given to them from our sales over the decade: over £1,250,000. We

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No. 112 September
News from the Farm No. 112 September

We finished the wheat harvest on 24th August, about a week earlier than normal. Yields have been a good average with a lot of crops yielding just over 4 tonnes per acre, or 10 tonnes per hectare.

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No. 111 August
News from the Farm No. 111 August

The first half of July was warm and dry, however we had a shower on St Swithin’s day and it has rained ever since.

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Hammered home by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Hammered home by Andrew Cooper

One of the most colourful characters that live on our farm here in Devon, is the great spotted woodpecker. While many birds go about their daily business almost unseen and unheard, this bird seems to

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Buzzing bees
Gallery Buzzing bees

When the sun shines we can get over 500 bumble bees on the thyme in the Vine House Farm garden

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In the hothouse
Gallery In the hothouse

Our blackbirds know a good thing when they find it - they've made a nest amongst the kiwis in our poly-tunnel, which also happens to be opposite our bird food warehouse. Perhaps they think they're on

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No. 110 July
News from the Farm No. 110 July

The warm weather has meant we've had an early start to the harvest, but the crops aren't enjoying the lack of rain.

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The power of nature helps us to deal with the stressful world we live in
Latest News The power of nature helps us to deal with the stressful world we live in

It’s no secret that a closeness to nature is good for the mind. Indeed, numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects of time spent in green spaces in helping to treat conditions such as anxiet

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