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Nicholas Watts

Nicholas Watts – Nicholas is the owner of Vine House Farm and has been running the farm since 1966. Nicholas is passionate about wildlife and in1982 he decided to do a breeding bird survey on the farm and has done so every year since 1982. In 1992 on a wet summer’s day he decided to analyse his findings with staggering results; Skylarks had declined by 60% and Corn Buntings had declined by 90% in just 10 years. In 1993 Nicholas started growing crops on set-aside land especially for the birds to harvest over the winter months. In 1994 there were so many birds feeding in these areas Nicholas decided to open the farm to the public to come and have a look with all donations going to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. People began asking if they could buy the seed he was feeding the birds and Vine House Farm Birds Foods was born.

  1. Winter at Vine House Farm – Drilling, barn owls and menacing vermin!

    Rural Matters

    Vine House Farm Newsletter No. 80 –  From the 8th of October 2014 You could say a lot of water has passed under the bridge since my last Newsletter because we have done a lot of work on the farm, Read the Rest…

  2. From Summer to Autumn at Vine House Farm – The Rise of the Barn Owl

    Rural Matters

    On the whole it has been a very wet August but here in the South Lincolnshire Fens we have escaped the downpours that most parts of the country have had. I know in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire north of Boston some Read the Rest…

  3. Declining Wildlife

    Rural Matters

    The summer of 2012 dealt a nasty blow to wildlife of most places in the UK and while most of you who are reading this are involved in shooting you would also like to see more wildlife around but the Read the Rest…