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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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Latest News Gardening with wildlife in mind

Birds like to use our gardens for additional feeding throughout the year – but it is when food is at its most scarce that they will use our gardens most. Wild creatures’ basic needs are the same a

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Latest News Lapwings in abundance at Vine House Farm

We started ploughing some land yesterday and by the end of the day there were about 500 Lapwings on the ploughing picking up grubs and worms. Where did they all come from? Aren’t they clever at find

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Latest News North Highland Wildlife Diary January

Introducing our new monthly columnist 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 us with a ran

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Latest News Nice weather for ducks

The surface feeding ducks have found the wet weather a bit of a bonus. The floods have floated seeds which had fallen amongst the grasses out of sight, and these seeds, along with drowned insects, are

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Latest News Bird count at Vine House Farm

Every year here at Vine House Farm we sow wild bird cover as part of the Countryside stewardship scheme. It consists of several different seeds but there are two plants that I have sown that retain th

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Latest News Tips for feeding birds in winter

Compared to previous years, last summer’s poor weather resulted in depleted fruit harvests throughout the country – and that means birds’ natural food sources suffer. Consequently, many birds ar

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Latest News Threats to existence of Turtle Doves and Grey Partridge

Figures from a Government report into the population of wild birds provides cause for concern. Coupled with one of the worst breeding seasons in generations, some species of wild birds are faced with

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Latest News Floods means worrying times ahead for farmers

Here in the Fens the water doesn't rush about and cause floods, it stays where it falls until the pumps are started. We have several rivers that flow through the Fens. The water in these rivers are be

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Latest News Lapwings flock

Lapwings can be seen in large flocks at this time of year, I know of two flocks. There is a flock of up to 1400 birds near the Welland between Gull Farm and New road, TF2314, and another flock of 1200

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