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Latest News Ospreys and Crossbills at Loch Fleet

Ospreys and Crossbills at Loch Fleet I’m lucky enough to live just 5 miles from the Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve. The reserve is in East Sutherland and just south of the coastal village of Gol

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Latest News Mealworms and more mealworms

If you’re a regular reader of our blog page, then this won’t be the first time you’ve read about live mealworms. In fact, we could be reasonably accused of banging-on about the subject but we ma

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Latest News The highs and lows of being a nature lover

Where I live in the Scottish Highlands It occurred to me in the last week or so just how miserable and angry being a nature lover can make you – though fair to say that I’m fairly close to the far

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Latest News Suddenly its warmer sunnier and the birds are singing

It might only be a brief and unusually warm spell in the middle of March, but after the rain and winds of recent months doesn’t it make us all feel better! And the warmer and sunnier days have also

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First Signs of Spring in the Scottish Highlands
Latest News First Signs of Spring in the Scottish Highlands

When do the first signs of spring occur in Scotland? For me, the very first sign of spring occurs on the 6th February every year – provided it isn’t cloudy. In fact, I can be even more precise tha

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Latest News A thirty year passion for feeding wild birds

Crested Tit on suet block  In some ways, feeding wild birds is an odd thing to do. They are, after all, ‘wild’ and therefore should be able to fend for themselves. But of course, none of us in th

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Guide to Putting Up Bird Nest Boxes

When is the best time to put up a bird box? It might be January and a good few months before your garden birds get down to the serious business of raising a family, but right now is a great time to pu

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Latest News What NOT to give your garden birds for their Christmas dinner

However many people we have sat around our dining tables this Christmas day, there’s always going to be leftovers. And if the leftovers aren’t on individual plates, there’ll certainly be plenty

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Latest News Highland Wildlife Diary for November

Tame Chaffinches, the delightful Dipper, and a beautiful Red Kite We’ve had our first snow of the season – a good covering which lasted a day or two – and plenty of hard frosts to help take the

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Latest News Vine House Farm supplies organic vegetables to The Great British Wind Meal

The Great British Wind Meal takes place at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage and Deli in Plymouth on Friday 29th November, and Vine House Farm are supplying organic cauliflowers, organic b

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Latest News North Highland Wildlife Diary for October

Edward the duck Over the last month I haven’t once set out for a walk in my local area. Or anywhere for that matter. This is unheard of me but with a stable block and store room to complete before t

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Latest News The Ideal Combination of Bird Foods & Feeders

One of the questions we’re often asked at Vine House Farm is: "What is the best combination of different foods and feeders in order to attract the most number of bird species to a garden?" In some

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Latest News Attracting winter migrants to your garden in the winter

The winter months bring different dimensions to feeding the birds in our gardens, but arguably the most interesting and rewarding is successfully attracting winter migrants that have travelled from no

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Latest News A successful summer in Devon

Andrew Cooper is best known as a broadcaster, presenter, writer and international award winning wildlife film-maker for the BBC through his documentaries and live reports on wildlife and environment i

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Latest News North Highland Wildlife Diary for September

North Highland wildlife diary – September September brought us some fine late summer weather, with the last few days of the month being especially warm and dry. So perfect conditions for the last of

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Latest News Nicholas wins RSPB Nature of Farming Award

A big Thank you for everyone who voted for Nicholas in the RSPB Nature of Farming Awards. It gives me great pleasure to inform you all that he has been announced thewinner against a tough field of sev

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