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Attracting Goldfinches With Nyger Seed and Perseverance

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 12:15:24 Europe/London

Here on the Ivel Valley farm we've been feeding the birds for years. The shelter of the nearby woods, the vast landscapes surrounding us and the array of plants and flowers on our farm mean that we're lucky enough to see a variety of unique and rare birds all year round.

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Posted By Robyn Smith

Our brush with The Corn Bunting

Monday, 11 September 2017 11:19:30 Europe/London

Our farm has played house to many a Corn Buntings family over the last 70 years and our father can remember a time where their birdsong was ever present through the crops in the warm summer months or spied foraging in grain stores through cold, chilly winter days. 

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Posted By Jess Begley

Wildlife on the Farm - July

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:16:07 Europe/London

Seems ages since writing the last snippets with the summer break but plenty to mention this month. Lots of new arrivals on the farm over the past couple of months. 

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Posted By Jess Begley

June Farm Update

Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:57:19 Europe/London

Although it was dull and overcast there were loads of birds feeding on, around or above the lake. Feeding on or in the water were Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Mute swans, Tufted duck, Mallard and Coots. Feeding around the lake were Oyster catchers, Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, Lapwings and Geese. 

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Posted By James Parrish

May On The Farm

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 13:24:12 Europe/London

Lots of wildlife activity at the moment especially bird life. Most of the Summer visitors are with us now. I haven't heard a Cuckoo in the village yet but heard and see one at Maulden Heath. Loads of Swallows and House and Sand Martins seen feeding on insects over the lake on the farm. 

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Posted By James Parrish

Spring has arrived

Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:03:04 Europe/London

Welcome along to Spring! Yellow daffodils have broken free and rapeseed floods the fields with their sweet aroma and vibrant yellow colour. Spring has finally arrived and you can look forward to fresh mornings and warmer evenings.

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Posted By James Parrish

Bird Notes - April 2017 - Mike Smith

Thursday, 23 March 2017 13:53:57 Europe/London

I am sure that many will have seen on TV the spectacular and hypnotic flying displays made by starlings about to go to their winter roosting sites. Lucky ones among us will have seen it in real lifeRead More
Posted By James Parrish

Farm Update - March

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 15:03:03 Europe/London

Farm Update! March 9th, and apart from it being a touch windy it's a beautiful bright Spring day. I've just got back from the farm and at last I've got some good pictures of a Chinese Water deer, you can even see its tusks!

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Posted By James Parrish

Annual Farm Wildlife Report 2016

Thursday, 19 January 2017 08:24:56 Europe/London

I'm sure the usual farmland bird species all had a good breeding season as I saw good numbers singing, holding territory, carrying nesting material or food for young. These include Yellowhammers, Reed buntings, Meadow pipits, Linnets and Skylarks.

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Posted By James Parrish

Going against the flow

Tuesday, 4 October 2016 16:29:50 Europe/London

For me, the dipper is one of those frustrating birds which, although the species does occur in Wiltshire at the very eastern edge of its range, I have only ever seen it in other parts of the UK.

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Posted By James Parrish
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