Some of our latest news, thoughts and the odd bit of helpful advice.
We joined the North Devon Biosphere “Pledge for Nature” and were fortunate enough to be given a kestrel nesting box. Kestrels are listed as 'amber' UK conservation status, meaning that their breeding population is in decline. The numbers have declined significantly across Devon and it is hoped that if there are more nesting boxes in ideal locations then this will reverse, hence the prize draw for free nesting boxes. The North Devon Biosphere was the first of 6 to be designated in the UK. (It is one of 668 Reserves in 122 countries designated by UNESCO) . They are working really hard to ...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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,...Read more