20th December 2010
The Big Freeze

Mornacott has, like the rest of the country, been suffering from the extreme weather conditions. 

Mornacott has, like the rest of the country, been suffering from the extreme weather conditions. While the snow looks very pretty it is very much business as usual here on the farm, making sure that the livestock are tended and cared for, this is when the stocks of hay and silage cut this summer come in very useful! 


5th November 2010
Salmon at journeys end

The first salmon were seen in the river today thanks to the heavy rain that we had last week which enabled them to make the long journey up river from the sea.

The first salmon were seen in the river today thanks to the heavy rain that we had last week which enabled them to make the long journey up river from the sea.

The salmon are returning to their birth place which they do every autumn. They will spend the next few weeks recovering from their long journey before they move on to shallow stretches of the river where they will dig a shallow pit with their tails to lay their eggs.

The shallow stretches of the River Yeo which run through Mornacott will keep their eggs supplied with a constant supply oxygenated water until they hatch six weeks later. 


14th October 2010
Red deer rut begins

The yearly battle of the Red deer stags started today. 

The yearly battle of the Red deer stags started today. At first light stags were heard roaring on South Hill, which was followed by the impressive sight of three large stags fighting for the rights to a group of twenty hinds.

By midday the arguments must have been settled because the biggest of the three stags was seen lying on the hillside with his hinds as if nothing had happened. 


25th September 2010
Stone walling project completed

Today saw the completion of the dry stone walling project around the house, Barn Cottage and the Shootroom. 

Today saw the completion of the dry stone walling project around the house, Barn Cottage and the Shootroom. Six months in the doing the project has brought about the complete renovation of the old Devon banks with over 200 metres of vertical stone walling replaced or repaired in traditional style.

The works yielded up a variety of interesting finds in the hedges and behind the old crumbling walls which give an interesting insight into the lifestyle and tastes of several centuries gone by. 


15th August 2010
Water installation

In North Devon water can often be a problem. 

In North Devon water can often be a problem. Usually there’s too much of it! In this instance however there was one 100 acre block of land that was served only by two natural drinking points limiting the effective use of land for our Red Ruby cattle.

Two ‘rings’ have now been installed adjacent to one of the drinking points creating a reservoir from which to pump water to two 10,000 gallon tanks which now feed water troughs in every field on the previously ‘dry’ land. 


2nd June 2010
Otter sighting

Today saw an exciting event at Mornacott. While fishing on the river at dusk an otter was sighted. 

Today saw an exciting event at Mornacott. While fishing on the river at dusk an otter was sighted. We have noticed previously the existence of several otter holes along our river banks but never until today had we been privileged enough to see one.

The otter was completely oblivious to our presence and dived into the river before swimming off in search of supper. 


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