Birdwatching

Fledgling Season – Baby Birds on our Farm

Fledgling Season – Baby Birds on our Farm

May is a wonderful month for us here on the Ivel Valley farm. We’re lucky to see lots of different species of birds, both urban and rural, and our very favourite time of year is fledgling season! Here are some pictures of the young birds […]

Wildlife on the Farm – March 2019

Wildlife on the Farm – March 2019

The start of 2019 has been just a little different to last year. The 2018 Beast From the East gave us one of the coldest Februaries in recent years, whilst in 2019 we saw the hottest on record! Although a mild start to the year […]

Big Garden Birdwatch 2019

Big Garden Birdwatch 2019

It is that time of year again and to us it is just as exciting as a new series of I’m a Celebrity or Strictly Come Dancing! Ladies and Gentlemen we introduce to you (drum roll please)… THE BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH.   Save the Date January […]

Falling for Fieldfare

Falling for Fieldfare

We know we shouldn’t have favourites, but here on the Ivel Valley farm we do have a soft spot for Fieldfare. It is believed their name originates from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Fledware’ which means ‘traveller of the fields.’ Fieldfares are part of the thrush family. […]

Wonders of the Waxwings

Wonders of the Waxwings

The Northerners Waxwings remind us of the punks of the bird world. Not because of their inappropriate behaviour or dressing room demands, but because of their beautiful Mohawks, or crests as they are officially called. Waxwings are small, chunky birds with short little legs and […]

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 […]