They weren’t here yesterday, but they are today: painted lady butterflies. At least ten are fluttering around the Wheatland Farm wildlife pond.Read more
#30DaysWild No. 23. Sometimes it rains. Well, it has to. Even in Devon. So we wait, like this bumblebee. At least the plants are getting watered and the ponds topped up.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 23 Waiting out the rain”
Another spectacular day – and another ‘new for the summer’ butterfly at Wheatland Farm. Small tortoiseshell are flying over Popehouse Moor.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 22 Summer is about butterflies”
#30DaysWild No. 21 and it’s the longest day. So at Wheatland Farm we’re celebrating the roses of the summer – the wild ones. Happy Solstice!Continue reading “#30DaysWild. No. 21 Happy Summer Solstice!”
Today’s #30DaysWild random act of wildness was to spend 10 minutes looking for bumblebees on the marsh thistles around Wheatland Farm’s wildlife pond. We found garden, red tailed, tree, white/buff tailed bumblebees. But what is this?Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 20. Ten minutes of bumblebee watching”
#30DaysWild No. 19 a ‘training day’ for the Devon Countryside Access Forum took Maggie to Devon’s new Pegasus Trail.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 19 Exploring the Pegasus Trail”
#30DaysWild No. 18. Today’s wildness was to spend a few moments with the cows. Agricultural rather than wild, you might think, but they are doing a valuable conservation job for us at Wheatland Farm.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 18 Visiting the Cows”
#30DaysWild What a creature! Probably a dark bush cricket. Look closely and you’ll see it’s a bit damp, having been rescued from a hot tub by Balebarn Lodge. Random Act of Wildness No. 17.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 17 A rescued cricket”
#30DaysWild No. 16. Yep, the teasels we planted out a year ago today have certainly grown.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 16 My, haven’t you grown”
#30DaysWild No. 14 When exam season is nearly over….
Or is this the look for tomorrow morning?
Either way, the picture says it all.
#30DaysWild No. 13. We were going to picture the bedraggled bumblebee we fished out the of the little ponds near Balebarn Eco Lodge, but this male banded demoiselle we spotted nearby is so much smarter!
Our favourite blackbird is so familiar she asks for food now…Read more
#30DaysWild No. 11 ‘A bowl full of birdsong’ someone said of Wheatland Farm the other day, so today we thought we’d just spend ten minutes outside and see what we could hear:Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 11 ‘A bowl of birdsong’”
Thistles are coming into flower. Some we welcome, like this meadow thistle (and its tree bumblebee visitor). Some we’re less keen on.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 10 A Moment For Admiring Thistles”
Huge thanks to all you lovely botany (and entomology) people, who helped us survey Wheatland Farm today.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 9 Botany Day at Wheatland Farm”
#30DaysWild No. 8. You see more from a bike – we were cycling (slowly) up a hill when we spotted what looked like a lava lamp of tiny fluttering things, rising and falling in the hedgerow.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 8 Tiny Moths, Huge ‘Horns’”
For today’s #30DaysWild Ian has made a bee box, with a sliding panel that should let us see what’s inside, once it’s occupied.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 7 Devon Accommodation For Bees Too!”
Our random act of wildness for day 6 of #30DaysWild is to follow in the footsteps of our recent guests in Otter Cottage, and sit stil enough to see the water shrew living at the wildlife pond. Here’s a clip we put together.Continue reading “A Water Shrew at the Wheatland Wildlife Pond”
Wild poppies are blooming at Wheatland Farm’s eco lodges, and that seems an appropriate remembrance for DDay, 75 years ago.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 5 Poppies for DDay Rememberance”
#30DaysWild 4th June – June means foxgloves, and they look all the better in today’s on/off rain.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 4. Foxgloves”
#30DaysWild No. 3. Meadow Brown Butterflies are emerging in the lodge field. When fresh, they look pretty smart!Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 3 First Meadow Brown of the Season”
#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.Continue reading “#30DaysWild 2: Water Stick Insect”
#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.Continue reading “#30DaysWild starts today!”
They cows are back at Wheatland Farm – so it must be summer! Here’s a clip of their release into the field.Continue reading “Welcome back cows!”
There’s a Great Spotted Woodpecker nesting in a dead tree near the Wheatland Farm stream.Continue reading “Woodpecker nest”
This hedgehog accidentally got trapped in a box at Wheatland Farm – so we gave it a breakfast of mealworms and filmed it as it bumbled on its way.Continue reading “Hedgehog time!”
Wheatland Farm has pledged £100 in support of the North Devon Biosphere Reserve’s nature improvement projects. Will you join us?Continue reading “Supporting crowdfunding for Devon’s wildlife”
Nuthatches are nearly ready to fledge outside Honeysuckle Lodge. This clip shows them being fed at the nest box entrance.Continue reading “Nestlings in sight”