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Month: June 2019

An ‘in-tents’ question!

‘Do you take tents?’ we are often asked.  We would like to let everyone know that at on our Touring Site we welcome campers and their tents!

During the last Whitsun bank holiday our Site was very busy with families enjoying the school holiday. We had a late request from a couple of families with their dogs who would like to camp on the Site but didn’t know if they could stay with us as they were camping with tents.  We were pleased to welcome the group in our camping grounds. The smell of barbequing pervaded the air, the children were having fun running freely and safely and the dogs were on the lookout for dropped sausages!

All campers in tents have an EHU if required, free use of the shower/toilet block and free Wi-Fi.

We look forward to welcoming campers at Headon Farm, in caravans, motorhomes, tents, campervans and trailer tents to stay on our camp grounds and fields!

Motorhomes – Home from home

Travelling with your motorhome means you can surround yourself with all your home comforts and have the flexibility to take whichever road you please.

Many motorhome owners are delighted when we tell them that Headon Farm is open all year, using our motorhome friendly hardstanding pitches, all with EHU.  Our wide entrance gateway gives easy access to our Touring Site.

In the summer many motorhomes like to pitch on grass, but whatever your pitch preference you will always have stunning views of the Devon countryside and we have amazing sunsets!  You may be lucky to catch a glimpse of the wildlife such as foxes, deer and badgers in the surrounding fields.  Alternatively you may have brought your bikes to cycle the many off road cycle tracks that are accessible from our Touring Site.

Whatever your preference the peace and quiet at Headon Farm will help you relax – we look forward to welcoming you and your motorhome!

Birds at Headon

We love our birds at Headon!  The birds we see play a significant part of life at Headon Farm.  Each year we eagerly await the arrival of the first swallows, signifying winter is behind us and summer is on its way.  We even based our new logo on the welcome swallows that arrive from Africa and mark the date we first see the swallows on the calendar.  This year they were just three days later than last year after that epic journey.  The swallows have been joined by the housemartins and are busy making their homes on the side of the farmhouse.  The aerial displays as they approach the nests are spectacular to watch and can be seen from the campsite.

During late April/May we also listen intently for the cuckoo which can usually be heard calling from the wooded areas either to the left or right of our caravan site.  Regular storage clients Ali and Ian whilst camping with us were the first to report hearing the cuckoo and again we marked the date in the diary.  There have been a couple of years we didn’t hear this dove sized bird who lays its eggs in the nests of other birds.  Regular readers of our Blog/Farm Diary will know the verse that Richard’s Gran used to recite to us each year:

The cuckoo is a pretty bird
Its sings as it fly’s
It brings us good tidings
And tells us no lies

It sucks little birds eggs
To make its voice clear
And when it sings ‘cuckoo’
The summer is near

Ali and Ian not only heard the cuckoo but reported seeing a skylark flying vertically into the air in our dog walking field.  The skylark makes its nest on the ground so keep an eye out if you are walking your dog.  Both the skylark and cuckoo are on the RSPB ‘Red’ list so we are very lucky to see/hear them.

At night, when it is all quiet we hear the hooting of owls.  We have a regular tawny owl visit us in the farm courtyard and we have occasionally glimpsed a barn owl fly past.  To encourage him we have installed an undercover barn owl box in our tractor shed with a camera trained inside the box.  We don’t have a resident owl yet but will keep you posted should this change.

Along with these birds we have a black pheasant visit our bird feeding station in the farm garden each day.  He picks up the dropped seed then makes his way across the touring site when it is quiet, you may meet him.  Also feeding we have a pair of nuthatches (which is great considering we are a little distance from the wooded areas down the lanes), greater spotted woodpeckers (who bring their babies to the arch feeder), gold finches, cheeky robins, chaffinches, blue/great/coal tits and house sparrows.  Also for the first time ever, we have had a jay ground feeding.  What a treat!

When the grass in the fields neighbouring the campsite has been cut we see buzzards and kestrels hovering.  The sparrowhawk occasionally swoops in and all the little birds hide in the hedges.

During your stay with us please let us know of any birds you see, or post pictures/reports on our Facebook page.  We’d love to hear about what you see in the countryside around us at Headon.

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