Browse through our blog posts to find out what life is like at Hoe Grange Holidays along with some great ideas for hobbies and days out in the Peak District.
Have you ever taken part in The Big Garden Birdwatch?
If not, there is still time to join in on 25th to 27th January. All you need to do is sit back and watch the birds in your garden, local park, wood or even outside your window at work, for just one hour during the weekend and record your findings. Don't forget to use #BigGardenBirdWatch if you share your bird watch on social.
The Big Garden Birdwatch has been running for over 40 years with over half a million people taking part and gives a snapshot of bird numbers across the UK.
The scientific data collected by RSBP can be compared year and year and highlights problem areas and species in danger. For example song thrushes were in the top ten in the 1970’s but by 2019 numbers had declined by a staggering 79%. Such evidence is vital and highlights where the priorities lie and where action is needed most.
Hopefully you are already feeding the birds in your garden, particularly when the weather is cold. If not, you will be amazed how quickly you can attract birds by putting out the right sort of food.
Unsurprisingly different birds have different feeding habits and food favourites. Blackbirds, for example, mostly feed on the ground and love a range of treats including fatty nibbles and mealworms. Tits, such as Blue Tits and Great Tits, prefer to perch on a feeder, tucking in to seeds, peanuts and suet balls. Finches, including Chaffinches and Greenfinches, will use either a feeder or a bird table, and particularly like sunflower hearts.
Simply by providing a variety of food you will attract a variety of birds.
It’s important to choose good quality bird food that doesn’t include “fillers” such as dried peas and beans that birds rarely eat. As well as bird food you can put out leftovers such as small amounts of bread, fruit cake, dried fruit, unsalted nuts, or fruit such as apples and pears. Don’t put pit mouldy or salty food and avoid dried fruits if you have a dog as raisins can be toxic to them.
Make sure you keep the bird feeders clean to avoid mould and bacteria which can be very harmful, spreading infections among garden birds. Scrub them out in a bucket and not the kitchen sink, before drying them to refill.
People often forget that birds need fresh water everyday and love a bath. You can use a proper posh bird bath or a plant pot tray, or old shallow baking dish will do just as well. Don’t forget to break the ice if it freezes over.
Threats to habitat mean that it's not just birds facing tough times. Hedgehogs, frogs, dormice and other wildlife are also in trouble. So, to help give a more complete picture of garden wildlife, you can record what other animals you see in your garden as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch. Even if you don’t see anything you are helping to build up a fuller picture of how our garden wildlife is faring.
At Hoe Grange we have lots of garden birds flying around the log cabin gardens, including Goldfinches, Robins, Wrens, Great Tits, Blue Tits, House Sparrows, Starlings, Wood Pigeons and cheeky Magpies. In the summer months we have Swallows swooping in and out of the stables in the farmyard.
Sit on the decking with your binoculars and you will catch sight of other birds further up the fields, including Buzzards, Pheasants, Crows, and Little Owls that sit on the paddock fence.
Listen carefully and you can often hear a woodpecker in the small copse. Also at night as you drive up to the farm keep your eyes peeled as you will often see a Barn Owl swooping across from the wood.
Experience Peak District wildlife for yourself. Stay on holiday at Hoe Grange, breathe in the fresh air, take time out to watch the wildlife and get close up to nature!
For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more
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Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more
Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more
We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more
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We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
It was our first trip away with my... read more
We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more
A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more
Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more
Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more
It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more
We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more
Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more
Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more
We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more
On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more
What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more
We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more
We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more
We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more
Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more
We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more
lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more
Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more