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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Linnets on the move
Gallery Linnets on the move

Now that the rape is going out of flower, the Linnets will be moving on to the unripe rape seeds, which they will feed to their young.

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Why is red millet popular with Tree Sparrows?
Gallery Why is red millet popular with Tree Sparrows?

Tree Sparrows are still tucking into the red millet that we supply them with all through the year. Any bird or animal that has a surplus of food will increase in numbers and we're pleased to say that

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Soaked sultanas
Gallery Soaked sultanas

Starlings & Blackbirds enjoy soaked sultanas and take them to their young as a method of supplying essential moisture, when insects may be scarce. Starlings are a declining species, so need help i

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Glorious mud
Gallery Glorious mud

The recent rains have turned soil into mud so the House Martins have been using it for their nests. A white jacket is probably not the best attire for handling mud.

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Early bird
Gallery Early bird

Lucy joined Nicholas on one of his early morning bird surveys and they saw several very smart looking Yellow Wagtails, loudly proclaiming their territories. They were probably asking why Lucy & Ni

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Sunshine, no showers
Gallery Sunshine, no showers

Dry weather means dry fields - some cracks in the tractor wheeling are so big, you could fit your foot in them

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Swallows are nesting
Gallery Swallows are nesting

Swallows have been collecting mud for their nests in our farm yard.

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Live food frenzy
Gallery Live food frenzy

Lots of activity here at Vine House Farm. The Starling is waiting for someone to come out of the cage so it can steal mealworms, as it can't get in - but who will be unlucky? Nicholas spend hours watc

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Oil Seed Rape
Gallery Oil Seed Rape

Tree Sparrows are going to oil seed rape fields, when they are in reach of it, to get food for their young.

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Young starling
Gallery Young starling

Nicholas' grandson took this great shot, in the Vine House Farm garden, of a young Starling being fed. Now there are plenty of insects around, most of the Starlings have gone from the garden to the op

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Why the date is so important for hedgecutting
Latest News Why the date is so important for hedgecutting

Back in 2015, DEFRA introduced new legislation which made it an offence to cut hedges on farmland between 1st March and the end of August (previously it was end of July). The aim was to protect breedi

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No. 109 June
News from the Farm No. 109 June

Once all the planting has been completed, we give the farm machinery an overhaul, to make sure it is all in top shape for harvest time.

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Song Thrush
Gallery Song Thrush

Usually seen around in the garden but they seldom come for food. Due to the weather being so dry, worms and slugs have gone down into the soil to retain their moisture, so the Song Thrush is taking ad

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Mute swans
Gallery Mute swans

The Mute Swans on the North Drove drain have lost their eggs. An Otter is the likely suspect to have taken them, as one has been seen in the vicinity.

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Reed bed nesting
Gallery Reed bed nesting

Marsh Harriers are building a nest in one of our reed beds

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