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St Andrews Country Cabins, Cuplahills Farm, Balmullo, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 0AL
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Wildlife & Woodlands


The fruit trees in Willies Wood were a disaster this year due to the lack of sun. The usual merry procession of fruit gathers from the village failed to materialise apart from  the occasional lonely sole.

Any intrepid walker that has braved the woodland through the winter will doubtless have been welcomed by the sea of mud and slippery paths, or during the festive period, a river of water running towards the pond. Needless to say there is not a lot we can do about this other than advise everyone to take care.

Ash Die Back disease has hit the headlines this winter. The disease is already present in Fife and we continue to keep an eye on our woodland. Both Lucklaw and Willies Wood in particular have a high proportion of Ash and the onset of the disease could prove catastrophic to the stances. There is not a lot that the public can do to try and prevent the spread of the disease between forests, but please do not remove plant material (sticks, leaves or cuttings) from site and try to keep footware, buggies, bikes and cars clean before moving on or off different woodlands.

During February / March we will be planting trees and hedges around the new eco-cabin site. Balmullo Primary are planning a visit to assist with this and to find a home for the 60 or so trees that they have been awarded as part of the green initiative they are involved with. If anyone is keen to lend a hand with some planting please feel free to get in touch.

The Fife Fox Hounds unfortunately took it upon themselves to Hunt across the farm in mid January, despite being aware that we do not allow this at Cuplahills as their presence conflicts with our commitments to the farm livery, wildlife, community woodlands, popular walks and tourist accommodation. Hopefully there will not be a repeat of such an event. Our only agreement is that should the hounds accidently stray into Lucklaw Wood when hunting on the quarry Hill then the Huntsman can enter to retrieve them.

The RSPB undertook a bird survey on three dates through the year at Cuplahills. The results were very encouraging with healthy populations of many birds including high conservation species such as the tree sparrow, skylark, linnet and song thrush amongst many others.Hopefully the populations of these and other farmland birds present on the farm will continue to thrive upon our investment in wildlife habitats, corridors, woodlands, hedges and feeding sites. Don’t forget that it is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch over the weekend of the 26-27th January. See the RSPB web site for more information.

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