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Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The Chaffinch



Fringilla coelebs
The Chaffinch is among the most popular spring songsters in the UK. It is the second commonest breeding bird, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK's finches. Its patterned overcoat helps it to blend in when feeding on the ground and it becomes most obvious when it flies, revealing a flash of white on the wings and white outer tail feathers.
Size
15cm
Weight
19-23g
Habitat
Hedgerows, gardens and farmland.
Nest
In bush or low tree, of grasses decorated with lichen.
Eggs
4-5, dark spotted greenish.
Food
Varied, insects and seeds.
Voice
Spink call; rattling song ends with flourish; choop in flight.
Characteristics
There are seven million pairs distributed throughout Britain and Ireland. Chaffinches rarely move more than five km from home.
BTO Statistics
The Chaffinch's current status is green.
Breeding
Anywhere with trees, bushes, farmland hedgerows parks and rural and suburban gardens.
Feeding
Although normally thought of as a ground feeders it is not uncommon for Chaffinches to feed from feeders, especially those with our perching rings.
You'll usually hear Chaffinches before you see them, with their loud song and varied calls.

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