Lovely news, Wheatland Farm’s Devon Eco Lodges have received a Pledge For Nature Award from the North Devon Biosphere Reserve.
And we’re not the only local winners either – Winkleigh’s Biodiversity Group won a community award and local organiser Kim Melhuish was chosen as a Community Champion. Big cheers all round.
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Despite the month, early flowers are poking through at Wheatland Farm’s Devon Eco Lodges. Not lots, admittedly, but the snowdrops and daffodils say it is almost spring.
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Our 2020 bat survey results are back. We had just 6 different types this time. But the equipment recorded well over 1000 calls. Of those, more than 900 were myotis sp, a group that might include several similar species.
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We’ve had a few beautiful days, and the dragonflies have been enjoying it as much as our guests staying at Wheatland Farm’s eco lodges.
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Great news! With lock down easing the bat surveys across Devon are back on, with help from the Devon Wildlife Trust.
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Only a mother could love these, someone has commented on facebook! But here at Wheatland Farm’s eco lodges we love all our Devon Wildlife, even the pigeons.
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Pond dipping with the guests from Nuthatch Lodge turned up this little creature – a water stick insect.
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Back in July 2018 we dug some new mini ponds at Wheatland Farm – one to take the waste Hot Tub water from Beech Lodge, some just to provide some new habitat. This time last year for #30DaysWild we were looking at their progress, and we thought we’d do the same again in 2020.
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For #30DaysWild today we’re housekeeping in both senses, catching up on Wheatland Farm’s biological recording but also getting the eco lodges ready for the July reopening.
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We only see one or two hummingbird hawkmoths a year at Wheatland Farm’s eco lodges, so it was nice to spot one close enough to photograph. Having said that, to understand why they’re so striking you really need to see them flying – they are easily mistaken for a tiny humming bird.
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Today saw the first Emerald damselfly of 2020 gracing the eco lodge wildlife pond here at Wheatland Farm.
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We were delighted to find a Silver Washed Fritillary Butterfly on the brambles at Wheatland Farm today – it was our wild moment for #30DaysWild No. 22.
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For today’s #30DaysWild we welcomed the cows back to Wheatland Farm for their summer grazing on our Devon culm grassland and Popehouse Moor Site of Special Scientific Interest.
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It has been English Flower week apparently, so here’s a few of our Devon wild ones….
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On a wet day, our wild action is just to look up some moths we’ve recently spotted around the eco lodges, like this ‘speckled yellow’, above. These are moths we happened upon, but we’d also like to do some moth trapping over the summer with guests.
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Today’s #30DaysWild Random Act of Wildness was just to enjoy the buzz at the wildlife pond below Balebarn Eco Lodge, and admire the butterflies.
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We’re claiming a small success for #30DaysWild today: this orchid has appeared by the wildlife pond, at the edge of the mown path. It’s the first one we’ve found at Wheatland Farm that’s not growing on Popehouse Moor SSSI.
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Today’s Random Act of Wildness is to top up the mealworms we put out for the birds. It’s an important food source at the moment because parents are struggling to feed their broods – like this one. But just look where these blue tits chose to nest!
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It’s that time again – June is when the Wildlife Trusts run their 30 Days Wild campaign, challenging us all to do something for nature every day of the month. So today at Wheatland Farm we’ve been checking up on special flowers.
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It’s summer proper when damselflies make way for dragonflies at Wheatland Farm’s wildlife pond.
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With fewer guests and dogs, the Wheatland Farm birds are nesting all over the place this spring…
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May sunshine means it’s time to jump in the Wheatland Farm pond, and get up close and personal with some dragons and damsels.
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It had to come, and we’ve been waiting to celebrate with our annual cake…
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Five more bird boxes have gone up at Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges this March. It’s just one part of our Pledges for Nature.
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Spring is around the corner, at Wheatland Farm with these thrushes and blackbirds singing in the Devon dusk…
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It’s time to begin Wheatland Farm’s winter conservation work, starting with a bit of bramble bashing by the fishing pond.
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OK, so no actual elephants at Wheatland Farm, but how about these elephant hawk moth caterpillars, found a few days ago near the wildlife pond?
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Stretch those wings! A brimstone emerges from its chrysalis by Nuthatch Lodge at Wheatland Farm.
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For the record, here’s the full list of plant species found at Wheatland Farm and Popehouse Moor SSSI by the Devonshire association’s survey on 9 June 2019.
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