Category Archives: wildlife

Tom’s wildlife blog – August

Once again a busy month work-wise, so fortunately there have been lots of humans on the farm. The swifts left in the first week of August – roll on next May; I miss those wonderful birds already! The swallows and … Continue reading

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Tom’s wildlife blog – July

July has brought with it a traditional English summer, complete with hot sunny days and the odd thundery shower. Once again it has been a very busy month work-wise, trying to encourage our crops and discourage our weeds! Most excitingly … Continue reading

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Tom’s wildlife blog – June

Another incredibly busy month work-wise, but lots of new wildlife to report too! The stars of the show are the wren chicks right outside the door of the CSA shed. The video shows one of the adults (hard to tell … Continue reading

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Tom’s wildlife blog – May

Well May has been so busy in terms of growing crops that I’ve hardly had a minute to point a camera at any of the spring wildlife this month. Now that the cold weather is finally over we’ve been manically … Continue reading

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Tom’s wildlife blog – April

April has been a much better month in terms of both weather and wildlife, not to mention growing veg! Winter finally ended, the daffodils finally flowered, and some of our migratory birds have arrived for the summer. I’ve been amazed … Continue reading

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Tom’s wildlife blog – January

January for me has been lots of crisp mornings with a biting wind but some fantastic big blue skies. During one sunny spell a bumble bee flew by as I was harvesting chard leaves – probably a queen emerged rather … Continue reading

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A Barn Owl at The Oak Tree!

During the working party today Stuart and I saw a Barn Owl at The Oak Tree Farm! Great news as we are hoping to have a couple of Barn Owl boxes installed on the big oak trees at the top … Continue reading

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Skylark pictures taken by Nick from Incredible Edible Todmorden

It was a real pleasure to welcome Nick and Helena from Incredible Edible Todmorden to The Oak Tree last Saturday.  IET is one of those projects that inspires everyone who encounters it!  A whole town getting together to produce its … Continue reading

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Goldfinches add some charm to the Oak Tree

A charm of goldfinches seems to have taken up residence near the main building, often twittering in the tree behind. They are drawn to the sunflower seeds next to the polytunnel and often spend some time on them after the … Continue reading

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Harvesting potatoes at the Oak Tree

We have a new attachment for the tractor, a potato lifter to get the potatoes to the surface where they can be bagged ready for storage. Harvesting the potatoes was great teamwork – Frans found this fine toad which we … Continue reading

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