Category Archives: Buzz

Hospice nightwalk 2017

Yesterday’s rain cleared away in time for the North Devon Hospice’s Nightwalk. We were encouraged to be colourful, and that’s Farm Shop Fiona in the middle there, putting the rest of us to shame! Eleven miles is quite a hike, and took us about 3.5 hours but we were helped on our way by this

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Helping out the Plough Arts Centre

We’re on The Plough Arts Centre’s list for band accommodation – no charge. It’s nice to be able to help small enterprises bring the arts to rural Devon and great to meet new people and look after them on their travels. Yesterday The Lowest Pair and their tour driver stayed over in Beech Lodge after a

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Another donation to the Devon Wildlife Trust – thanks to you

Thank you all you lovely lodge and cottage guests who have paid your holiday balance by BACS. It keeps our costs down and means we can donate £5 from every such booking to the Devon Wildlife Trust, whose staff have given us so much advice over the years. The latest cheque is for £250 and

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Robin with meal worms on the wall at Wheatland Farm's Devon eco lodges

Ragged Robin

I so feel for this robin – its chicks are running it completely ragged. It has at least 2 in different parts of the garden, hiding in bushes and squealing for food. The robin eyes me through the glass and practically begs for more mealworms, and who could resist?The chicks themselves, when you catch a

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The Grove at Kings Nympton

Lunch at the Grove at Kings Nympton! Yay, we reached escape velocity and got out for a lovely Devon pub lunch. True, we did combine it with a shopping trip for the garden at Otter Cottage, but even that was fun. The Grove has a very traditional feel and lovely atmosphere. And just look at

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The stoats are back in the garden

This amazing little stoat is peeping out of the Apex of the welly store room at Wheatland Farm’s Devon Eco Lodges. Seems like we weren’t the only people looking for Easter eggs in the garden this Sunday. Look at those eyes! This creature means business. The birds certainly know they need to look out. All

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Bat monitoring

We’re going batty at Wheatland Farm’s eco lodges… Or rather we’re checking out our batty-ness with a bat detector borrowed from the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project. The bat detector stays up for 3 days detecting what’s flying around by recording the bats’ high pitched sounds. The big prize would be Greater Horseshoe Bats, but

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The orange tips are on the wing

April is when the butterflies start taking to the wing. This one is an orange tip – the males have the orange tips – and they are real heralds of spring. They are first seen about the time the cuckoo flower or lady’s smock appears – another early spring flower in the fields. Right now

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