Spring and Summer 2021

Lockdown 2021 Work carried on as usual during lockdown but greater care was taken with the power tools. We started on an area on our Southern boundary and coppiced some badly damaged Sweet Chestnut. The damage had been caused by both Squirrel and Roe Deer. It is an amazing part of our plot, very secluded,…

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Our project update

Markets Just as we got into full swing with our markets we then entered into another four week national lockdown. Decembers sales were quite good although due to tier restrictions not as good as it could have been. As well as Newton Abbot Market we also took part in Lupton House Christmas craft fayre, this…

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Update on our evolving project

Covid 19. Well, like many people, Covid has certainly changed things for us. After 14 years of running a taxi company in the glorious South Hams Tamara and I decided that we did not want to continue in that industry. In February this year the business went to zero overnight which was very scary. During…

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Springtime Management

Wettest winter on record It’s official the 2019/20 winter was the wettest since records began. Our statistics went off the scale yet again in February confirming just under twelve inches for that month alone. Yet since 16th March we have had very little rainfall which has been a welcome relief. The whole UK went onto…

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The Siskin

Our species and plans (6) The Siskin Carduelis spinus Status: Secure. Habitat: Predominantly a bird of conifer and Spruce woodlands. Will also feed in Birch and Alder trees in the winter months. Will also frequent gardens and parks and particularly like Niger seed if put out. Widespread throughout the United Kingdom. Statistics : The Siskin…

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Ride and Glade management 3

Rainfall A new decade is upon us and climate change is receiving more media coverage. This in our view is a positive and will bring the challenges that lie ahead to the forefront of peoples minds. It is hard to comprehend the volume of rainfall that has descended upon us whilst we watch the Australian…

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Planting for wildlife

Although there was a huge amount of wildlife already present within our woodland, our objective has always been to enhance, create and manage the varying habitats for optimum biodiversity. This will be a fine balancing act because we do not wish to detract from current habitat. This blog planting for wildlife will be devoted to…

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Ride and Glade management

Rides and Glades are an important feature within a woodland setting as they offer a contrasting habitat to the higher canopy. Many insects find refuge and food that is not found elsewhere. The Sun can penetrate the woodland floor and a diverse range of plants and invertebrates can thrive. Habitat that is rich in plants…

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Pond Creation 2

In only a matter of months the wildlife is colonising the ponds, diving Beetles, Pond Skaters, Water Boatmen, Broad Bodied Chaser, Mosquito Larvae, Southern Hawkers. This area will provide a valuable food source for the Bats and birds that visit, to give you an idea the small Pipistrelle Bat can consume up to three thousand…

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