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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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Latest News Spare a thought for Swallows

Spare a thought for the Swallows and other birds who have to live out in the elements and find food for themselves and their siblings in all weather. They must have had to work hard in the recent wet

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Latest News Wind Turbines generate essential funds for community

The Deeping St Nicholas Wind Turbines give £12,000 every yearto the village for a Community project, an Energy saving project or anEnvironmental project. Five years ago this barn was in a bad state o

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Latest News The legendary Vine House Farm sunflowers are finally in bloom

2010 and 2011 were good years for sunflowers for Vine House Farm - we're one of the largest growers of sunflowers in Britain - however this year has been a different story. The cold, wet summer we hav

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Latest News Corn Buntings and Winter Barley

Corn Buntings in Deeping Fen like to nest near to a crop of winter barley as it gives them a food source for themselves and their young at the end of June and early July until wheat growing in the fie

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Latest News Wheatears suffer in wet cold weather

Being the first back from Africa usually means you get to bag the territory of your choice, however this year it might not have been such a good idea as over last weekend in the unusually cold and wet

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Latest News The VIne House Farm nature reserve is full of life

Yesterday I was there and saw the following birds: 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwing, 3 Mute Swans, 14 Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 12 Tufted Ducks, 3 Shoveler, 35 Greylag Geese, 200 Black Headed Gulls, 3 Jackdaws,

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Latest News Vine House Farm gets another win

Nicholas Watts, along with his wife, Anne Watts attended the 2011 Food & Farming Industry Awards on the 9th of December at the House of Commons and to their delight came away as winners of the Rur

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Latest News Vine House Farm donate nearly £140,000 to help wildlife

Lucy Watts, Manager at Vine House Farm, presented a cheque for a staggering £136.807 to Chief Executives of The Wildlife Trusts in recognition of the vital work they carry out for wildlife throughout

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Latest News Garden Bird Feeding Survey Results

Research by the British Trust for Ornithology's garden bird feeding survey showed that the number of different birds visiting the average feeding station has risen from16 in the 1970s to 23 last winte

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Latest News Vine House Farm are victorious at the Silver Lapwing Awards 2011

Nicholas Watts, owner of Vine House Farm in Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire, emerged victorious at the FWAG Silver Lapwing Awards winning the Silver Lapwing Trophy and a cheque for £1,000. Adam Hen

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Latest News GM Cropping Good or Bad

There is no doubt about the fact that GM crops give farmers an increased yield per hectare but wildlife very quickly vanishes from the area. My experiences are from several visits to Argentina where G

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Latest News Silver Lapwing Award judging commences

On Sunday 18th September the judges for the Silver Lapwing competition came to judge Vine House Farm. It is run by the Farming and Wildlife Group , known as FWAG and sponsored by Waitrose. Vine House

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Latest News Swallow Numbers

I live in South Lincolnshire and have kept a nature diary since the 22nd November 1959 and in most years I have recorded the arrival and departure of Swallows here in South Lincolnshire. Arrival date

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Latest News Rescuing three young Swallows

Having found a young swallow on the floor of our workshop here at Vine House Farm, I fetched a ladder and took it back up to the nest above - it was cold and not very lively, and I didn’t really thi

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Latest News Birds struggle to find worms due to dry weather

In times of low rainfall, ground feeding birds such as Blackbirds are often unable to find sufficient natural food and in particular earthworms, as the worms are well below ground level and in damper

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