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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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A side effect of feeding live food
Latest News A side effect of feeding live food

The rewards of feeding garden birds are significant and plenty and you make make new friends too

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Latest News Starlings - you either love them or you don't but we need to reverse the decline

Starlings are adapting more than ever to exploit bird feeders, but you can strike a balance for them and other songbird species to feed in your garden. Although much of every daylight hour is take

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My first close encounter with the fastest bird on the planet
Latest News My first close encounter with the fastest bird on the planet

Spring and the sound of a cuckoo calling on the farm made my day. In the distance I could also hear a bird of prey. Not just any bird, a Peregrine. They nest on a sea cliff just a few miles away and

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The aptly named pied wagtail
Latest News The aptly named pied wagtail

If ever a bird was given a name which largely described both its appearance and behaviour in just two words, it would have to be the pied wagtail: It is indeed black and white and, without question, i

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Latest News Vine House Farm's take on this year's RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch results

The results of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch 2019 didn’t bring too many surprises, with numbers of small birds affected by the unusually cold weather in early spring last year (the so called beast

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Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad strike out for a wilder future
Latest News Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad strike out for a wilder future

Stars speak up for wildlife in new film trailer hitting cinemas this weekend Illustrious names including Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate, Alison Steadman and Asim Chaudhry have bac

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Ponds - big or small
Latest News Ponds - big or small

We are all very aware of the need for more ponds in and around our gardens and other wild spaces, so it's encouraging to see the Royal Horticultural Society team up with The Wildlife Trusts to lunch B

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March and April in the wildlife garden
Latest News March and April in the wildlife garden

We might not quite be out of the woods when it comes to cold winter weather and even a covering of snow, but come even early March there are strong signs of Spring in nearly every corner of our garden

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The bonus of being predictable
Latest News The bonus of being predictable

The early arrival of Spring weather down here in South Devon has given us a kaleidoscope of floral colour. The snowdrops have barely come into bloom, before being quickly followed by primroses, daffod

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Nest Box Week 2020
Latest News Nest Box Week 2020

What is National Nest Box Week? National Nest Box Week is an annual event that has been taking place for over twenty years, and always runs between 14th and 21st February – the significance of th

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Cold comfort
Latest News Cold comfort

Although the  winter solstice is past and days are now slowly but surely getting longer, the coldest weather is still to come. Even down here in South Devon within a stone's throw of the English Rivi

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Is your garden wildlife-ready for winter?
Latest News Is your garden wildlife-ready for winter?

With most of the leaves now off the trees and with a cold snap this week, it’s a reminder that autumn will soon move aside for the long winter months. This means, of course, that we all start to thi

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Prescribing birds
Latest News Prescribing birds

We all know and appreciate the enjoyment that feeding the birds in your garden can bring, but maybe there is more to this than we thought! You may well have read about an unusual approach to healthcar

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All things bright and beautiful
Latest News All things bright and beautiful

It must be Autumn.  Soft golden light, misty mornings and heavy dew glistening on the grass. Despite the unseasonal warm day, summer is fading fast. The countryside is preparing for winter.  Birds b

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The Big Easy
Latest News The Big Easy

Nothing lasts forever, and that's undoubtedly true of bird feeders. After all, they are out in some of the most atrocious weather and are often subjected to some pretty harsh treatment by birds and s

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