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conservation project, bat boxes on a tree at Spreacombe

Conservation Project

Bat Conservation at Spreacombe.    As part of our conservation plan we have recently put 10 bat boxes into the woods.  The plans for the boxes were provided by our forestry consultant with specific measurements, wood requirements and location advice.  Luckily a neighbouring estate have a saw mill and were happy to sell the required untreated wood to us - (most wood for sale has been chemically treated).   So, armed with the specified wooden planks, we have measured, sawn, measured, drilled and created.   The boxes have gaps of different widths to accommodate different bat species and are now...

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Autumn Breaks

The picture that you see is Begonia just after a full clean, awaiting the next guests.  The gap between guests that we have insisted on this year is making things more relaxed for us here at Spreacombe; the changeover days are not all on a Saturday, our guests have more flexibility in their arrival date, often they are encountering less traffic on their journey and our cleaners are able to spread the work over different days.  Our guests on their late summer holiday at Spreacombe?    Well its lovely to see that our guests are enjoying the pleasant September weather. The current guests in...

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bluebells in the sun , near Woolacombe

Retreat, relax, reflect

One of my favourite poems at the moment by William Henry Davies ,   if you press the "read more" button it will be properly formatted.                                                                                                                                                                                     WHAT is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare?— No time to stand beneath the boughs, And stare as long as sheep and cows: No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass: No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars,...

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Hand feeding a sheep in the field near to Woolacombe

Lambing over Easter

Whilst are holiday cottages are unusually empty (in line with the Government guidelines), the front field is as happening as Spreacombe ever gets.  We have 50 ewes that we are expecting to lamb over April and with this exceptionally good weather we have decided to lamb outside this year.  We are regularly checking the field, the neighbours are texting me if they see any action from their windows and James and I are both on hand to rush outside when needed.  Our previous guests will know that we don’t plan to bottle feed our lambs and don’t therefore offer animal petting  to guests but Lulu...

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