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10 Fun Facts About Finches

10 Fun Facts About Finches

A flock of Goldfinches is called a ‘Charm’. Finches are very social birds and can often be seen socialising with birds of other species. Although the Finch family is one of the largest bird families, Finches are actually one of the smallest in the world. […]

How To Keep Birds Fed This Winter

How To Keep Birds Fed This Winter

After an unusually warm, long summer and sunny start to Autumn, we can finally say welcome along to cold, crisp mornings and walks with crunchy leaves underfoot. Whenever Halloween approaches at Ivel Valley we start to think about what we can do in our gardens […]

How To Care For Hedgehogs This Winter

How To Care For Hedgehogs This Winter

Prickly or Cuddly? As if hedgehogs fluffy like exterior and sweet, tiny faces were not enough to melt the hearts of many a nature lover – Did you know a baby hedgehog is called a Hoglet? We can hear the collective sound of ‘aaahhhhhh’ from the […]

How To Attract Wild Birds To Your Garden

How To Attract Wild Birds To Your Garden

Buy high quality bird food from reputable suppliers. Avoid cheaper mixes which have a high % of lower cost grains such as wheat and barley. Premium bird food mixes typically contain peanuts, sunflower hearts, dried insects and sometimes suet. Use specialist feeders to minimise waste and discourage vermin such as squirrel proof feeders. […]

It’s Not Just Cuckoos That Fly South For The Winter

It’s Not Just Cuckoos That Fly South For The Winter

Autumn is one of the busiest times of year for many wild birds as they fly to warmer climates where they are guaranteed a plentiful supply of food. Although we lose many of our summer visitors including Swallows, House Martins, Warblers and Flycatchers, their place […]

Attracting Goldfinches with Nyger Seed and Perseverance

Attracting Goldfinches with Nyger Seed and Perseverance

Here on the Ivel Valley farm we’ve been feeding the birds for years. The shelter of the nearby woods, the vast landscapes surrounding us and the array of plants and flowers on our farm mean that we’re lucky enough to see a variety of unique […]