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February 23, 2018

Winter is harder on the chickens at River View. The water jug freezes and so do the pellets. Worms hide deep in the soil and on the worst days, our hens don't bother leaving the hut at all. 

Luckily a couple of our young guests who visited at Easter gave them some comfo...

June 23, 2017

The problem with bird watching is that you cannot always see them. Last Saturday The Wild Watch taught us to use our ears instead, with a range of different sound-based activities for children.  

A violin played us  the tunes of owls, wood pigeons, doves...

June 18, 2017

Scar House was striking when we set out yesterday. We were a long thin line of children and adults of varying walking speeds, accompanying dogs and at at least one toddler bike. It was an amazing day to be in Upper Nidderdale.

Without the family factor this would be a s...

March 28, 2017

If you have ever wondered what 96 meters of unplanted hedgerow looks like, now is your chance to find out. 22 Elders, 10 Honeysuckle, 10 Crabapples and numerous Blackthorn and Hawthorn lined up against the barn this month ready make edible wildlife homes. 

It's all part...

January 31, 2017

"There are loads of blackbirds!" cried the five year old when we stepped out into the BIG Garden Birdwatch at River View Pateley this weekend. Pointless to explain these were the silhouettes of doves rooks and gulls against the winter afternoon light, just as it was po...

June 24, 2016

We accidentally feed grouse and pheasants every time we put grass seed out on the lawn. (By my calculations, there is an attrition rate of about 50%) However, w

May 9, 2016

Half of Pateley have been watching this brood of ducks since the little ones hatched in March. Great conversations for dog walkers and ramblers, they were one

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