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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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Latest News North Highland wildlife diary - March 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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Latest News The farmland bird winter food gap

A recent visit by Environmental minister Richard Benyon to Hillesden farm in Buckinghamshire has highlighted the so called hunger gap for farmland birds between mid-winter and spring when naturally oc

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Latest News Beginners guide to attracting garden birds

Feeding garden birds is a great way of being able to get birds closer to you and your family by inviting them into your garden. Vine House Farm’s simple chart, below, helps people to identify birds

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Latest News North Highland Wildlife Diary February

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 National Nest Box Week

According to Shakespeare the 14th February is when birds traditionally start to pair up for the breeding season. The BTO launched National Nest Box week in 1997 and it runs from 14th February every ye

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Latest News Renewable Energy at Vine House Farm

I have always liked to use what I had on the farm rather than go and buy something so when I heard about straw burners to heat houses in the late seventies I thought that sounded like a good idea, as

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