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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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Summer by Andrew Cooper
Latest News Summer by Andrew Cooper

While we can shelter from rain and emerge to enjoy the occasional warm and dry day, nature has no such luxury. Come wet, wind or cold the countryside and creatures around us have only a few months to

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The Inconspicuous Dunnock
Latest News The Inconspicuous Dunnock

As part of our monthly series where we take a closer look at a different species of garden bird, this time it’s the turn of the Dunnock. There can’t be too many gardens where at least one Dunnock

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The bold and highly vocal Wren
Latest News The bold and highly vocal Wren

As we continue our series of blogs where we look at a specific species of garden bird, this time it’s about the bold, highly vocal and very popular Wren. Perhaps the most surprising fact about the W

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Feeding ducks and swans
Latest News Feeding ducks and swans

Keep the bread in the kitchen and feed ducks and swans some proper food It doesn’t seem that long ago that feeding ducks and swans with bread at our local pond, river or canal was a perfectly accept

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