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Posted: Monday 14th August 2017 by WildBlog

Celebrating a 10 year relationship working together for wildlife

Vine House Farm, the home of pionerring wildlife-friendly farmer Nicolas Watts and his family, grows 400 acres of bird seed, including 100 acres of sunflowers, and is a haven for a host of wildlife. Back in 2007, the Wildlife Trusts started working together in partnership with Vine House Farm Bird Foods, helping to protect and restore areas for nature and inspire people to experience wildlife first-hand. 

This month, the Wildlife Trusts are celebrating a flourishing 10 year partnership with Vine house Farm, working together for wildlife. By donating up to 5% of its sales to The Wildlife Trusts, Vine House Farm has raised over £1,250,000 to support wildlife conservation across the country, and inspire people to experience wildlife first-hand. Avon Widlife Trust has recieved £8,428 from Vine House Farm. 

What makes this partnership so dynamic is that the company’s founder and owner, Nicholas Watts, is very much driven by a philosophy of nature conservation and method of wildlife-friendly farming.

Nicholas Watts MBE, said: “Farming this way is a way of life for us and it brings about great pleasure to see wildlife thriving. I have always enjoyed feeding birds and now I am feeding more than I could ever have imagined with the help of our customers!”

Fourth-generation farmer Nicholas has been working the land at Vine House Farm in Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire, since he was a boy. His bird watching hobby became part of his work in 1992, leading to an MBE for his wildlife conservation work and wildlifefriendly farm management, and many other awards. Over the last 20 years, thanks to wildlife-friendly measures put in place at the farm, barn owl and whitethroat numbers have quadrupled, and tree sparrow and lapwing numbers have increased ten-fold.

Vine House Farm is one of the UK’s most successful wild bird food businesses. In addition to sunflowers, Vine House Farm grows 240 acres of red millet, white millet, naked oats, oil seed rape and canary seed, all of which are delivered directly to customers across UK, through their mail order business, from the family-run farm. Nicholas’ daughter Lucy and son-in-law Robert now manage the business and 2,500 acre farm, which also grows potatoes and sugar beet.

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