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Celebrating 10 years of support for The Wildlife Trusts
Latest News Celebrating 10 years of support for The Wildlife Trusts

August saw the tenth anniversary of our relationship with The Wildlife Trusts, with the more important number being how much we’ve given to them from our sales over the decade: over £1,250,000. We

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Hammered home by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Hammered home by Andrew Cooper

One of the most colourful characters that live on our farm here in Devon, is the great spotted woodpecker. While many birds go about their daily business almost unseen and unheard, this bird seems to

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The power of nature helps us to deal with the stressful world we live in
Latest News The power of nature helps us to deal with the stressful world we live in

It’s no secret that a closeness to nature is good for the mind. Indeed, numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects of time spent in green spaces in helping to treat conditions such as anxiet

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Why the date is so important for hedgecutting
Latest News Why the date is so important for hedgecutting

Back in 2015, DEFRA introduced new legislation which made it an offence to cut hedges on farmland between 1st March and the end of August (previously it was end of July). The aim was to protect breedi

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Whether or not certain species will ever visit your garden
Latest News Whether or not certain species will ever visit your garden

There are a number of bird species which are almost guaranteed to be visitors to gardens right across the UK, and regardless of whether you live in a town, city, rural village or the back of beyond in

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Close Encounters by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Close Encounters by Andrew Cooper

Like much of the country, we have five kinds of owl here in Devon, some common, some rare, all highly secretive. The Short-eared owl is a regular winter visitor in small numbers, while the Long-eared

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Keeping an eye out for the first of our summer migrant birds
Latest News Keeping an eye out for the first of our summer migrant birds

Although we’re barely into late March, the first of the summer migrants returning back to our shores are already here. The majority of birds which we won’t see for perhaps another month or more, w

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Bringing the Cirl Bunting back from the brink of oblivion by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Bringing the Cirl Bunting back from the brink of oblivion by Andrew Cooper

Down in the depths of Devon, less than 60 seconds away from the south coast as the peregrine flies, lives a rare little bird. Much of what we do on our farm is aimed at creating the best place for Cir

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Feeding the birds in harder times
Latest News Feeding the birds in harder times

Something we’ve often discussed here in the office at Vine House Farm, is the extent to which many of our customers share our passion for feeding wild birds. When Nicholas first started feeding the

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An influx of Chaffinches, Fieldfares and tame Pheasants by Roger Hughes
Latest News An influx of Chaffinches, Fieldfares and tame Pheasants by Roger Hughes

Here in east Sutherland in the north of Scotland, it’s been an unusually dry autumn with very little rain and none of the usual westerly gales. We’ve had a few cold spells with temperatures remain

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Now is the time to increase the food supply for the birds in your garden
Latest News Now is the time to increase the food supply for the birds in your garden

This week sees a return to colder temperatures across the UK, and with this we’re already seeing more birds on our feeders at Vine House Farm – and no doubt it’s the same story in your garden. A

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The Special Nuthatch
Latest News The Special Nuthatch

In the latest of our monthly series which looks at less well-known facts about a different species of garden bird, this time it’s the turn of the unquestionably special, albeit rather grumpy and agg

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How to Prepare Your Garden for Hedgehog Hibernation
Latest News How to Prepare Your Garden for Hedgehog Hibernation

Hedgehogs love gardens – especially when it comes to finding a spot to hibernate. But with the decline of hedgehogs in the UK in recent years, it’s important to make sure you’re doing all you ca

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All About the Chaffinch
Latest News All About the Chaffinch

In the seventh of our monthly series which looks at a specific species of garden bird, this time it’s all about the Chaffinch. What is a Chaffinch? Chaffinches are undoubtedly the generalists of the

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Who's coming to dinner? by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Who's coming to dinner? by Andrew Cooper

After a warm dry summer here in Devon, a couple of days of rain has got the grass growing again. Parties of resident small birds are foraging through the hedgerow trees and some spectacular migrant bi

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The Tree Sparrow
Latest News The Tree Sparrow

If ever a species of bird has come to embody our conservation work here at Vine House Farm, it has to be the Tree Sparrow. Indeed, Nicholas Watts has been on a long-term mission to increase breeding n

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