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Latest News Time to start thinking about the shorter and colder days and what this means to your garden birds

It might be an ever-so slightly depressing thought, but there’s no getting away from the fact that the best of the summer weather is well behind us and the nights are starting to draw in. So with th

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Latest News North Highland Wildlife Diary for August 2013

Our monthly columnist from the Scottish Highlands A long-time associate of Vine House Farm is Roger Hughes, who now lives in the north of Scotland and the beautiful county of Sutherland. Roger helps u

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Why hygiene is such an important part of feeding garden birds
Why hygiene is such an important part of feeding garden birds

If you’ve ever seen a bird in your garden, and most probably a Greenfinch, Chaffinch or Siskin, with puffed-out feathers and behaving in a lethargic way, then the chances are that it’s caught a di

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Latest News BBC THE ONE SHOW IN SEARCH OF BADGERS

In late July the midday sun was hot and we were expecting visitors.  The toasted fields around the farmhouse had only recently been cut, baled and cleared of hay.  Right on time, two cars swept up t

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Latest News Highland Wildlife Diary for July 2013

Our monthly columnist from the Scottish Highlands A long-time associate of Vine House Farm is Roger Hughes, who now lives in the north of Scotland and the beautiful county of Sutherland. Roger helps u

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RSPB Nature of Farming Award Finalist 2013
Latest News RSPB Nature of Farming Award Finalist 2013

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Nicholas, the owner of Vine House Farm, and my father, has been nominated as a finalist for The RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award. What is the RSPB Na

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Latest News Wildlife News from Church Farm in Devon

Who is Andrew Cooper? 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 wild

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Latest News How to Keep Jackdaws & Rooks Off Your Bird Feeders

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Vine House Farm at this time of year is: “What can I do about the Jackdaws and Rooks swinging on my feeders and also scaring the smaller bir

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Latest News North Highland Wildlife Diary for June

Our monthly columnist from the Scottish Highlands A long-time associate of Vine House Farm is Roger Hughes, who now lives in the north of Scotland and the beautiful county of Sutherland. Roger helps u

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The importance of providing your garden birds with clean water

With warmer summer weather upon us – at least on some days! – and with many young birds having now fledged the nest, the importance of providing the birds in your garden with a supply of clean wa

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Latest News North Highland Wildlife Diary for May

Our monthly columnist from the Scottish Highlands A long-time associate of Vine House Farm is Roger Hughes, who now lives in the north of Scotland and the beautiful county of Sutherland. Roger helps u

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Latest News Another tough breeding season for our garden birds

As I drove to work this morning I noticed that the car thermometer was only reading 5C. Pretty chilly for the end of May! What surprised me even more was that there had been a huge hail storm overnigh

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Latest News Learning to love Starlings

If there’s one species of garden bird which gets unfair bad press, then it has to be the Starling. Well, there are also Magpies, Jackdaws and Wood Pigeons – though much of their bad press is often

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Latest News North Highland Wildlife Diary - April

Our monthly columnist from the Scottish Highlands A long-time associate of Vine House Farm is Roger Hughes, who now lives in the north of Scotland and the beautiful county of Sutherland. Roger helps u

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Latest News Migrant birds are leaving and arriving on our shores this week

The middle of April is an important time for migrant birds, plus also a fascinating one as it represents a short spell when the species which have been with us all winter and are yet to depart for the

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Latest News The plight of swifts and what you can do to help

The Swift is one of the most iconic birds of the British summer. Arriving relatively late as a migrant from Africa in the last week of April and the first week of May, then leaving early to return bac

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