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Latest News In praise of the Sparrowhawk

From views we’ve heard over the years from our customers and from elsewhere, it’s probably fair to say that if there’s one bird that frequently visits our gardens which divides opinion, it’s

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Latest News The birds which signal spring has arrived on a Highland croft

I guess we all have our own preferences on what signifies the start of spring, plus at what point we really feel the season has changed and we’re into spring proper. On the former I tend to think i

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Latest News Our new video and how it was made

As we often do, early last year we were talking in the farm office about different ways to give our customers more information on feeding the birds in their gardens, plus encourage new people in the

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Latest News Spring surprises

Its spring! For me, early morning is always a magical moment, especially when the sunlight shafts through the trees on the hill behind our farmhouse. I never know what we are going to see when openin

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Latest News A healthy obsession for planting trees

I’ve spent much of the last two days planting a largish area of river bank with native trees on my croft in the north of Scotland, and if it isn’t tipping it down with rain this afternoon then I'

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Latest News Why are there more birds eating more food in our gardens this winter

You might not be surprised to learn that one of the measures we take on how much food garden birds are consuming at any given time year-on-year, is simply how much our regular customers buy. So if th

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Latest News The advantages of husk-free seeds and mixes

We’re big fans of husk-free seeds and mixes, with some of the reasons for this being obvious and some rather less so. Here are our thoughts on the subject anyway… More species can eat them

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Latest News Joining forces with the perceived enemy

It’s probably fair to say that I’m the type of guy that can get on with most folk – even those I don’t especially like. In part, I think it’s instinctive for me to take this approach in lif

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Latest News Now is the time to put up nest boxes and also send one as a Christmas gift

December might not seem the most obvious time to put up a nest box or two, but actually it’s ideal because even as early as January some bird species will start looking for a nest site – Gre

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Latest News The season of parties and duets by Andrew Cooper

Where did Autumn go? One minute it was a wonderfully warm, dry summer lingering into October. The next monsoon rain and gales. After the warmest Halloween I can remember, November ushered in our firs

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Latest News An unusually quick change from summer to autumn

Not sure about you, but October seems to have sneaked up on us rather unexpectedly this year. This morning it was wet, windy and decidedly chilly. And if you’re also suffering a bit from losing a s

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Latest News Getting set for autumn feeding

As we reach mid-October, the reality dawns that the last of the warm weather is behind us and we are now fully into the autumn season. But overall, the summer has been a good one and few of us can co

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May and June in the wildlife garden
Latest News May and June in the wildlife garden

Despite some real ups and downs in our weather over the last month or so – including record-breaking warm temperatures in April and unseasonably cold days in early May – we’re now well and trul

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Creating diversity in gardens and larger patches of land
Latest News Creating diversity in gardens and larger patches of land

We’ve written much on the subject of wildlife gardening over the years, with a number of us at Vine House Farm and guest bloggers contributing. But here our very own Nicolas Watts gives his persona

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Big voice and bold, a very different bird
Latest News Big voice and bold, a very different bird

Our guest blogger Andrew Cooper discusses the British robin and its methods of surviving winter

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Could the new decade start well for some of our garden birds?
Latest News Could the new decade start well for some of our garden birds?

Our gurst blogger, Phil Pickin, looks at last year's breeding season

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