Uncategorised A mixed success for breeding birds on a croft in the north of Scotland

It’s fair to say that this spring in the northern Highlands has been the wettest and coldest for many years, and, for me personally, certainly the wettest and coldest in the 6 years I’ve lived he

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Uncategorised In praise of the Sparrowhawk

From views we’ve heard over the years from our customers and from elsewhere, it’s probably fair to say that if there’s one bird that frequently visits our gardens which divides opinion, it’s

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Uncategorised The birds which signal spring has arrived on a Highland croft

I guess we all have our own preferences on what signifies the start of spring, plus at what point we really feel the season has changed and we’re into spring proper. On the former I tend to think i

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Uncategorised Our new video and how it was made

As we often do, early last year we were talking in the farm office about different ways to give our customers more information on feeding the birds in their gardens, plus encourage new people in the

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Uncategorised Spring surprises

Its spring! For me, early morning is always a magical moment, especially when the sunlight shafts through the trees on the hill behind our farmhouse. I never know what we are going to see when openin

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Uncategorised A healthy obsession for planting trees

I’ve spent much of the last two days planting a largish area of river bank with native trees on my croft in the north of Scotland, and if it isn’t tipping it down with rain this afternoon then I'

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Uncategorised Why are there more birds eating more food in our gardens this winter

You might not be surprised to learn that one of the measures we take on how much food garden birds are consuming at any given time year-on-year, is simply how much our regular customers buy. So if th

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Uncategorised The advantages of husk-free seeds and mixes

We’re big fans of husk-free seeds and mixes, with some of the reasons for this being obvious and some rather less so. Here are our thoughts on the subject anyway… More species can eat them

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Uncategorised Joining forces with the perceived enemy

It’s probably fair to say that I’m the type of guy that can get on with most folk – even those I don’t especially like. In part, I think it’s instinctive for me to take this approach in lif

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Uncategorised Now is the time to put up nest boxes and also send one as a Christmas gift

December might not seem the most obvious time to put up a nest box or two, but actually it’s ideal because even as early as January some bird species will start looking for a nest site – Gre

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Uncategorised The season of parties and duets by Andrew Cooper

Where did Autumn go? One minute it was a wonderfully warm, dry summer lingering into October. The next monsoon rain and gales. After the warmest Halloween I can remember, November ushered in our firs

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Uncategorised My winter bird feeding regime

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Uncategorised An unusually quick change from summer to autumn

Not sure about you, but October seems to have sneaked up on us rather unexpectedly this year. This morning it was wet, windy and decidedly chilly. And if you’re also suffering a bit from losing a s

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Uncategorised Getting set for autumn feeding

As we reach mid-October, the reality dawns that the last of the warm weather is behind us and we are now fully into the autumn season. But overall, the summer has been a good one and few of us can co

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Issue 145 June 2020
News from the Farm Issue 145 June 2020

Your regular update from Nicholas The Weather The sunny weather continues, three consecutive months of sunshine and less than 2ins of rain in those three months. With so much sunshine, May has

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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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