#30DaysWild 2: Water Stick Insect

#30DaysWild Today’s random act of wildness, by request from our guests in Balebarn Eco Lodge, is to look up and report back on this beastie. It seems it’s a Water Stick Insect, reaching up to 7cm long if you include it’s long tail-end snorkel.

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#30DaysWild starts today!

#30DaysWild starts today! Every day this June Wheatland Farm will be doing something wild as part of the Wildlife Trust’s month long project. We’ll be spotting Devon wildlife around the eco lodges, doing some land management, lobbying, looking, learning, and just recording lots of #10WildMinutes.

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Crediton Repair Cafe

Ian’s just back from another morning helping at the Crediton Repair Cafe. Here’s a happy ‘customer’ who had his electric strimmer fixed for free. That’s one less item to end up in a Devon landfill.

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Four spot chasers back at the pond

Oooh it’s dragonfly time again… This four spot chaser must have emerged from the wildlife pond near Balebarn Eco Lodge overnight. It wasn’t until we looked closely at the image that we spotted the shed larval ‘skin’ just to the left of the dragonfly – almost peeping around the grass.

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Butterfly brings flutter of hope

On a day that’s full of ecological doom and gloom in the news, here’s a ray of sunshine. This is the first dingy skipper we’ve seen at Wheatland Farm. They are one of Europe’s fastest declining butterflies, so it’s great to see one here. Dingy Skippers like birdsfoot trefoil in mid-height grassland, and our management regime offers lots of that.

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Wheatland Farm 5km Running Route

People quite often ask us where they can go running from Wheatland Farm. Well, there’s round the fields on the mown paths of course. But if you want a 5km run along Devon lanes, this is it. We thought we’d put it up for #NaturallyHealthyMonth 2019.

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Bees that parasitise each other

We found this unusual bee, with it’s distinctive black and white markings, near Otter Cottage. It’s called a common mourning bee, though it’s not all that common. It is on the wing anytime between March and June.

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The Railway Inn at North Tawton

This is a genuine local Devon pub – the perfect antidote to manufactured shabby-chic. The scuffs and scratches on the bar stools at North Tawton’s Railway Inn are testament to their long use, and the worn menu covers tell you people have been choosing to eat here for years.

Try here for lunches Friday-Sunday, or an evening meal any night but Thursdays. The Railway Inn is about 10 miles from Wheatland Farm.

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Another bat survey gets underway

April is when the bats really start being seen around Wheatland Farm – and we’ve booked another bat survey as part of the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project.

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Sunshine and Butterflies

The blue skies have brought out more buttterflies around the eco lodges. Peacocks are already out of hibernation, we’ve seen a comma, and those heralds of Devon’s spring, the organge tip butterflies, are on the wing again.

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Cake to celebrate that the swallows are back

Fantastic! The swallows are back around Wheatland Farm’s Devon eco lodges, so it’s time for the annual celebration cake – baked when the first swallow of summer is seen actually at the farm.

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Baby bunnies

Easter has come early to Wheatland Farm. There are bunnies everywhere. One baby bunny spent a morning last week hanging around the farmhouse back door and ocassionally trying to jump through the glass. Today, we found a youngster in the turbine room – Wheatland Farm’s wet weather ‘garden/coffee room’. Here are a couple of clips. Spring has sprung!

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