Here they are - 2 eggs have been produced at the Lake District Osprey Project!
For the fourteenth year in a row ospreys are breeding near Bassenthwaite Lake, and are using a nest near the Lake which has been previously occupied. The nest has a High Definition camera, with live pictures being sent to the viewing area at Whinlatter (just twenty minutes from Red Hall Farm). You can also visit open air viewpoints at Dodd Wood which is just a short drive away from Red Hall Farm Holiday Cottages.
After the long Winter months housed in the cow sheds, our girls were so pleased to be let out into the fields for the Summer months. It is quite a sight to see as they get very excited when they realise they are going out onto the grass and literally run, skip and jump, with lots of `mooing` too!!
Spring is finally here at Red Hall Farm Holiday Cottages Cumbria!
Lots of new calves making an appearance and the beautiful daffodils are everywhere, even the sunshine is making an appearance after a long wet and windy Winter!
The Grey Partridge are paired up! Numerous pairs have been spotted since mid February. The numbers have been above average this year which is due to the hot July that we enjoyed last Summer. This is essential to the newly hatched chicks in order for them to survive and flourish.
We wanted to let you know about a real gem that is only ten minutes away from us.
Mae`s Tea Rooms and Gallery has a passion for home cooked quality baking, combined with attention to detail and good old fashioned customer service - it`s the perfect tea room experience!
As well as the tea room offering, Mae`s also serves an Evening Menu at weekends and Sunday Lunch.
Situated in Uldale Old School, which was first opened in 1895, Mae`s is also an art gallery, with local artists displaying their work here - well worth a visit!
Local Wigton business, Rookies Adventure Play Centre has re-opened!
Fantastic play centre for our younger visitors to the holiday cottages, just 2 minutes down the road in the local town of Wigton.
It is one of the largest in Cumbria and is suitable for 0 - 12 years, open 7 days and also serving food and refreshments.
You can find them on Facebook -
It was lovely to hear from the Deeside Naturalists Society this week. Great to hear that one of their members, who recently stayed here with her family, has recommended us to the Group as an interesting place to stay for those who appreciate seeing how conservation and farming can work together to provide a haven for birds and wildlife.
January and February is the start of hedge trimming, which is left as late as possible so that the birds can benefit from the wild berries and brambles that the hedgerows provide.
Conservation, Wildlife and Green issues are close to our hearts at Red Hall Farm Holiday Cottages, so it was really important to us to belong to the Green Tourism Business Scheme www.green-business.co.uk , as they have the most credible green tourism certification programme in the World!
A qualified assessor for the Green Tourism Business Scheme undertook an accreditation grading visit in June, and following this we were delighted to learn that we had achieved a GOLD Award. Green Tourism Business Scheme commented:
"Red Hall Farm Holiday Cottages enter the Green Tourism Business Scheme with a GOLD Award. This is an excellent achievement for an entry-level business. Martin and Joanne clearly displayed a keen awareness of environmental issues and are striving to make the business as environmentally sustainable as possible. The site benefits from an 11kw wind turbine, as well as 200 acres of natural farmland habitat. Martin`s passion for wildlife has been recognised and he is the worthy winner of numerous conservation awards. There is an excellent array of information available to guests, both on-site and also on the website. All in all, an excellent effort. Keep up the good work!"