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Latest News Live Mealworm Shortage & Alternative Foods

Well, it couldn’t have come at a worse time of year, but the fact is that our live mealworms supplier – who’s the only commercial breeder in the UK – is currently unable to supply any stock, f

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Latest News House Martin Migration 2018 & Helping Them Nest

House Martin Migration House Martins normally arrive back on our shores from sub-Saharan Africa during April, though some years these small, acrobatic white-rumped birds will start to appear at the en

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My favourite place
Latest News My favourite place

My favourite place to go for an early morning walk is near a small village called Burnham Norton on the north Norfolk coast. It is not a nature reserve, it is wet grassland under stewardship where cat

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Latest News Large Birds & Live Mealworms - Managing Supply & Demand

For anyone feeding the birds in their garden, there are few things more rewarding than putting out live mealworms in the breeding season. The spectacle of adult birds taking the mealworms to their nes

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The delightful Long-tailed tit
Latest News The delightful Long-tailed tit

Long-tailed tits feeding on peanuts - a real favourite food for them It’s surely fair to say that no other small garden bird has quite the same charm and level of uniqueness as the Long-tailed tit.

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Nature is remarkable
Latest News Nature is remarkable

What a Winter! Just when we thought Spring was underway the 'beast from the east' hit Devon with the south coast in the front line. Beaches covered in snow and bitter winds made for an unseasonal star

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A good time to feed live food
Latest News A good time to feed live food

With the breeding season well and truly underway now, you might like to consider adding another ‘dish’ to the menu of foods on offer to the birds in your garden. The food in question is live and i

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A new face on the Farm
Latest News A new face on the Farm

Our newest staff member, Jen Orrell, discusses the benefits of interacting with nature, as well as what you can do to get more nature in your life. When I first started at Vine House Farm, the first t

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Spring is on its way...honest!
Latest News Spring is on its way...honest!

It might not seem like it but Spring is on its way, and if you want to be accurate it’s already here. We entered into meteorological Spring on 1st March, but it just seems that someone forgot to men

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How To Keep Your Garden Birds Healthy
Latest News How To Keep Your Garden Birds Healthy

There’s been a fair bit of coverage in the media this week about a study showing the risks of disease to garden birds associated with feeding them, and indeed the BBC did a piece on the subject on i

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The Chaffinches are back by Phil Pickin
Latest News The Chaffinches are back by Phil Pickin

As many people know the Chaffinch is one of the most widespread and abundant birds in the UK. So you can imagine how frustrating it was, when we moved to our current property, to find that none of the

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Midwinter in Devon by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Midwinter in Devon by Andrew Cooper

Midwinter, even here in normally sunny South Devon, the occasional cold snap can bring us ice and snow. The biggest danger for wildlife at this time of the year is not so much cold as simply finding e

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Latest News Nicholas' Collection of Royalty Free Wild Bird Photography

Festive Wild Bird Photography Update: If you enjoyed our array of festive photos, why not take a look at our 'Springtime' collection on Flickr? Whether you fancy yourself as something of an ornitholo

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Feed Birds in Winter - They need it!
Latest News Feed Birds in Winter - They need it!

Why is feeding birds in winter important? Although feeding birds in the winter has long been accepted as the most beneficial time to supplement their diets, feeding all year round also seems to have a

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Golden leaves and boozing butterflies by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Golden leaves and boozing butterflies by Andrew Cooper

Down here in deepest South Devon a damp Autumn did not seem so bad after such a mediocre end to Summer.  Luckily I have the sort of memory that seems to miss out the bad bits, so will gloss over the

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Scientific Study Shows Benefit of Feeding Garden Birds
Latest News Scientific Study Shows Benefit of Feeding Garden Birds

You may or may not have seen it in the news recently, but there was a great piece published by the BBC which outlined the results of a study carried out by scientists on the length of great tit bill s

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