We’re thrilled to find Wheatland Farm listed this morning in a Guardian Top Ten list of eco friendly places to stay in Europe.
As the UK autumn half term kicks off, it’s lovely to get a mention in Holly Tuppen’s selection of eco getaways. And as always, we’ve got you. our guests, to thank.
We couldn’t run Wheatland Farm for wildlife without our lovely visitors. You make managing the Farm as a nature reserve financially viable. We’re delighted to be welcoming everyone, and especially to be welcoming ‘repeat guests’ to four (out of a possible five) of our eco lodges this week.
It looks like the weather will continue to be relatively kind. So how about an autumn stomp on Dartmoor, a visit to a North Devon beach (the local Hockings ice cream vans will still be there, even if waves are crashing on the shore), or maybe a trip into Exeter. If the historic city centre isn’t enough, explore the quay and canal, where you can kayak, find a hidden gem cafe, or browse boutique stores under the arches. Winkleigh’s Kings Arms pub is doing great food, Fiona’s Farm Shop and Cafe will be open just up the road, or try One Market Street in Hatherleigh – one of our favourite coffee and cake haunts and a doable bike ride for most reasonably active adults (8 miles from Wheatland Farm).
Meanwhile, here are a few more pictures of autumn wildlife in this corner of Devon.
With the mild weather we’ve been having we’re still seeing dragonflies at the pond, especially the delicate but oh-so-energetic migrant hawkers, which seem to peak in October. And there have been plenty of southern hawkers too. They’re often curious and fly close to inspect guests. You can tell them by their bright yellow ‘headlight’ patches. If you’re lucky they might even land on you, like a beautiful brooch. But perhaps most frequent at this time of year are the common darters, with the males a beautiful bright red colour.
When the sun comes out the red admiral butterflies appear from wherever they’ve been resting, and there’s just a late chance of seeing one of the golden orange commas, so easily distinguished by their slightly raggedy wing shape.