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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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Oil Radish and Wildlife
Latest News Oil Radish and Wildlife

Nicholas explains the benefits of direct drilling

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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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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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Vine House Farm Launches New Hedgehog Food
Latest News Vine House Farm Launches New Hedgehog Food

Vine House Farm is proud to announce that we have launched new Hedgehog Food, which has been carefully formulated to provide the perfect nutritional balance. Although we are best known for our high-qu

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Applying a big conservation mind-set to your own outdoor space
Latest News Applying a big conservation mind-set to your own outdoor space

Much of the conservation measures aimed at supporting bird populations are of course on a relatively grand scale – and rightly so. Indeed, my farm, Vine House Farm in the Lincolnshire Fens, is over

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Ever considered becoming a citizen scientist?
Latest News Ever considered becoming a citizen scientist?

The term ‘citizen science' covers a wide range of subjects, from identifying diseased trees to monitoring the activities of bats, using a moth trap to better identify species and numbers and, of cou

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Latest News How to Help Garden Birds & Wildlife in Hot & Dry Weather

With news this week of a hosepipe ban coming into force in NW England, potential bans elsewhere, and with a ban already in place in Northern Ireland, the effects of our exceptionally dry spring and su

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