Latest News Wheatears suffer in wet cold weather

Being the first back from Africa usually means you get to bag the territory of your choice, however this year it might not have been such a good idea as over last weekend in the unusually cold and wet

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Latest News The VIne House Farm nature reserve is full of life

Yesterday I was there and saw the following birds: 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwing, 3 Mute Swans, 14 Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 12 Tufted Ducks, 3 Shoveler, 35 Greylag Geese, 200 Black Headed Gulls, 3 Jackdaws,

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Latest News Vine House Farm gets another win

Nicholas Watts, along with his wife, Anne Watts attended the 2011 Food & Farming Industry Awards on the 9th of December at the House of Commons and to their delight came away as winners of the Rur

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Latest News Vine House Farm donate nearly £140,000 to help wildlife

Lucy Watts, Manager at Vine House Farm, presented a cheque for a staggering £136.807 to Chief Executives of The Wildlife Trusts in recognition of the vital work they carry out for wildlife throughout

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Latest News Garden Bird Feeding Survey Results

Research by the British Trust for Ornithology's garden bird feeding survey showed that the number of different birds visiting the average feeding station has risen from16 in the 1970s to 23 last winte

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Latest News Vine House Farm are victorious at the Silver Lapwing Awards 2011

Nicholas Watts, owner of Vine House Farm in Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire, emerged victorious at the FWAG Silver Lapwing Awards winning the Silver Lapwing Trophy and a cheque for £1,000. Adam Hen

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Latest News GM Cropping Good or Bad

There is no doubt about the fact that GM crops give farmers an increased yield per hectare but wildlife very quickly vanishes from the area. My experiences are from several visits to Argentina where G

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Latest News Silver Lapwing Award judging commences

On Sunday 18th September the judges for the Silver Lapwing competition came to judge Vine House Farm. It is run by the Farming and Wildlife Group , known as FWAG and sponsored by Waitrose. Vine House

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Latest News Swallow Numbers

I live in South Lincolnshire and have kept a nature diary since the 22nd November 1959 and in most years I have recorded the arrival and departure of Swallows here in South Lincolnshire. Arrival date

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Latest News Rescuing three young Swallows

Having found a young swallow on the floor of our workshop here at Vine House Farm, I fetched a ladder and took it back up to the nest above - it was cold and not very lively, and I didn’t really thi

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Latest News Birds struggle to find worms due to dry weather

In times of low rainfall, ground feeding birds such as Blackbirds are often unable to find sufficient natural food and in particular earthworms, as the worms are well below ground level and in damper

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Latest News Whooper Swans still at Baston Fen

We still have a few Whooper Swans feeding on the rape field at Baston Fen. The most I have counted is 14 but there is a different number every day. The number is constant through the day so all I can

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Latest News Defra report shows decrease in breeding bird species in the UK

Defra have published their Wild Bird Index for 2009 (from 1970) and results indicate a decline in many farmland birds, woodland birds, water and wetland birds, seabirds and wintering waterbirds breedi

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Latest News Feeding Swans

This morning I saw 10 Barn Owls flying  on my journey round my farms. Unusual to see so many so I am wondering why they have not been able to catch sufficient food in the long nights that we have at

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Latest News Is farming to blame for the decline in farmland birds

This morning I read an article in the National Farmers Union magazine about the declines in farmland birds. The author was saying that as we are using less chemicals on our farms than we were doing 20

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Latest News Swans visit our fields

During the cold weather in December we have had a few extra Swans visiting our fields and they are still with us. We have had 7 Bewick Swans, pictured, and 3 Whooper Swans. They are feeding with about

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