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  • Weddings - The Oak Barn, Hittisleigh Barton
    and Reception Eight bedrooms available on site three included in the price of hire Included in hire 17 trestle tables 90 chairs garden furniture sound system projector No corkage fees VAT included We look forward to seeing you for a viewing to show you the barn and discuss your wedding plans We re there to help Please get in touch to organise a viewing Useful Links Weddings FAQs Farmhouse Accommodation Rates Availability Recent Weddings at The Oak Barn 2013 Weddings Bea Ben Saturday 19th October 2013 Catering Treloars Deli Photography Cara Jenkinson and James Higgin Wooden folding chairs Fanfare catering Crockery Claremont Marquees Dress The Ivory Secret Jacob Malissa Saturday 5th October 2013 Catering Dave Wills 07792224591 Flowers Bouquet Peamore Flora Photography Ken Isaaks Bar Dartmoor Bars Ram Roast Snout and Trotter Alex Aliesje Saturday 21st September 2013 Photography Jon Whiles Photography Ram Roast A L Martin Son Hair Makeup Sarah Case Catering Flowers by Friends Family Band Dysfunktional Band Ice Cream Living the Cream Vintage Ice Cream Experience Bar Elite Mobile Event Bars Kate Matt 14th September 2013 Photography nova Wedding Photography Catering Treloars Deli Singer Songwriter Alex Gregory Vintage China Hire The Vintage Wedding Breakfast Flowers Poppys Flowers

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  • Weddings - The Oak Barn, Hittisleigh Barton
    the Ceremony and Reception Eight bedrooms available on site three included in the price of hire Included in hire 17 trestle tables 90 chairs garden furniture sound system projector No corkage fees VAT included We look forward to seeing you for a viewing to show you the barn and discuss your wedding plans We re there to help Please get in touch to organise a viewing Useful Links Weddings FAQs Farmhouse Accommodation Rates Availability Recent Weddings at The Oak Barn 2012 Weddings Leanne and Jordan Thank you to Cat and Paul for the photographs Video by Darren Paul Thompson Hollie and Nicky s Wedding Flowers Poppys of Exeter x 01392 498519 Tipi World Inspired Tents x 01271 865306 Photographs taken by Students from Exeter College Bobby Plows Ellie Wonnacott and Sorcha Tucker Lou and Chris Photography www JonWhilesPhotography co uk Video Alan www videoex co uk x 07710666707 Catering Treloars Crediton Tel 01363 772332 Hog Roast Snout and Trotter http www snoutandtrotter co uk Music http www facebook com pages Alex Gregory singersongwriter 110977312295062 ref ts Alice and Adrian s Wedding Photography Ellen www weddingsbyduchess com Catering Posh Nosh www posh nosh co uk Marquee www coveredmarquees co uk Amy

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  • Bridal Project Update 2012 and new projects for 2013 - The Oak Barn, Hittisleigh Barton
    meadow Our new acre flowery meadow largely failed in 2011 so we had another go in 2012 reseeding the area with a mix of native flowers and grasses This was spectacularly successful and we counted over 30 plants in the meadow a photo is on the website We have cut the meadow in three different lengths and used the hay to strew on the field opposite and are hoping that this will become more flowery too this year The meadow will change over the years and we are expecting less ox eye daisy and poppies and more yellow rattle in 2013 Bird mixes and cover crops A disastrous year for the bird mixes too dry in the spring and too wet in the summer meant we did not seed the cover crop areas until July some appeared and some failed completely Bird ringing and observations shows the cover crops are used by lots of small birds and a goshawk was seen hunting the same over a cover crop There are meant to be only 10 pairs of goshawk in Devon so very nice to see one at Hittisleigh Other highlights on the bird front were spotted flycatchers using nest boxes for the first time on the farm and a flock of 60 70 snipe used the fields for several days before moving on We also had high numbers of yellow hammers Bridal projects for 2013 The white admiral butterfly A passing lepidopterist once advised we had one of the biggest colonies of white admirals he had seen in the south west but numbers have been very low over the past few summers The caterpillars eat honeysuckle and we have been thinning the woods with a view to retaining and promoting honeysuckle and we will get out and survey the woods

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  • Conservation update – 2013 - The Oak Barn, Hittisleigh Barton
    will lead to an increase of woodland butterflies Another find of 2013 was the cauliflower or brain fungus which appeared for the first time and does indeed look like a brain sitting on the ground stinkhorn fungi also popped up We are hoping the Devon fungi group will visit in the autumn so hopefully more discoveries will be made 2013 was meant to be the year we set about reversing the bracken invasion of the middle valley but on the first day of spraying I managed to have an accident with the quad bike which left me incapacitated for six weeks with a crushed chest bracken 1 John 0 Having troubled the NHS for the first time in over 50 years I can confirm they do remarkable things We will be returning to the fray with the bracken in 2014 with hand sprayers Our new hay meadow had a lot more grass and less flowers in it this year which we expected and the green hay strewing undertaken in autumn 2012 resulted in wild carrot appearing in the meadow We took green hay off this meadow and strewed it on the bigger grassy area to the north and hopefully some of the flowers will make an appearance in this area this year We had high hopes of a bumper year for house martins and had fifteen nests unfortunately all the birds left after a single brood and we were without martins from August onwards I have no idea why they did not have a second brood high numbers sometimes attracts raptors but hopefully we will see them back in 2014 Sheep The Shetland sheep had five lambs one died two made it to the freezer and two females were added to the flock We purchased a young ram Ian and

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  • Nature Conservation - Archive - The Oak Barn, Hittisleigh Barton
    numbers of Marbled Whites Ringlets Meadow Browns Gatekeepers Skippers and small numbers of Small Pearl Bordered Fritillaries the Wall butterfly Dingy Skipper and Brimstone plus all the more common species We manage the central valley with butterflies in mind and it is all worthwhile when there are hundreds on the wing and swarms of Ringlets chase each other along the hedgerows The valley is also home to a good population of grass snakes and the most we have seen on one day is nine The site is used as a release point for slow worms and a healthy population is developing Culm grassland 3 5 acres Wet grassland is one of the fastest declining habitats as areas are lost to agricultural improvement We have a 3 acre marsh and other small areas of wet land These are home to rare plants such as Sneezewort and birds such as Snipe Other Habitats The hedge network Biodiversity Action Plan habitat Our hedge network is 10 5 Km or 6 5 miles in extent It is made up of traditional Devon hedge banks with native planting on top Traditionally laid hedges are better for wild flowers nesting birds invertebrates and small mammals Over the last ten years we have laid replanted and rebuilt in excess of two miles of hedges An historic orchard Biodiversity Action Plan habitat Our orchard is at least 170 years old and we were told by a lichen expert it was one of the best orchard lichen floras I have seen for 20 years We thought therefore we ought to take steps to ensure it persisted We have therefore doubled the orchard in size more trees for lichens to grow on and returned it to its 1840 boundaries We have planted over 125 trees and have a range of top fruits such as apples pears cherries plums damsons mulberries and walnuts 9 ponds and a mile of streams We have over a mile of streams and manage the banks for wildlife The streams are home to brown trout and at least 9 species of dragonflies including the golden ringed broad bodied chaser and the beautiful demoiselle damselfly We have restored built 9 ponds which provide a home for frogs toads newts and the hundreds of different species of invertebrates that ponds are a home to Daubentons bat can be seen wheeling over the ponds at dusk Other highlights We have good populations of Roe and Red deer many badger setts foxes hares dormice stoats and water shrews We have at least 23 species of bird listed by the RSPB as being of conservation concern including barn owls kingfishers Pied Flycatchers Grey Partridge Marsh Tits Yellowhammers Linnet Skylark etc The farmhouse has clusters of House Martin nests and there is constant activity in the summer as the parents raise their young The farm yard has a large flock of house sparrows and nesting barn owls We have high numbers of over wintering birds and mixed flocks of small birds are

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  • Conservation Update - 2014 - The Oak Barn, Hittisleigh Barton
    broods well into September Butterflies and moths The main excitement of the year was on the butterfly front The hot weather was good for butterflies and we had thousands of small skippers and high numbers of marbled whites and other grassland butterflies When showing people around white admirals and silver washed fritillaries turned up on cue and I saw the caterpillars and chrysalids of the white admiral for the first time A colony of pearl bordered fritillaries previously unrecorded here appeared I have never seen one before and we now have three fritillary species present The pearl bordered fritillaries has undergone rapid declines in England and its appearance here was a source of great pleasure The task now is to try and maintain the colony and hopefully the hot weather will mean it should reappear in 2015 The dingy skipper was also present in good numbers they are not the most decorous of butterflies and easily mistaken for a moth but they have only been recorded here once around eight years ago and are also in steep decline Again it is a butterfly I have never seen before so good to see a very active breeding colony here I did not do much moth recording but did creep past the 300 species mark those who know their moths will know this is not an unusually high number for a site but a good year for moths with trap often very full Habitat Management We completed fencing areas of the butterfly valley and have been able to re introduce grazing for the first time in 14 years We fenced the easiest areas and are not yet able to graze the densest areas of bracken bramble and gorse but can now halt the loss of grassland We are now the proud owners

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  • "Black Sam" Bellamy - The Oak Barn, Hittisleigh Barton
    mate of Blackbeard and captained a pirate ship in the early eighteenth century capturing over 50 ships in one year Whilst sailing to collect his pregnant girlfriend from Massachusetts his ship the Whydah went down in sight of the beach where she was waiting with all its fabulous treasure It was found in the 1980s and 90s and the wreck is the first complete pirate ship recovered in American waters there is a touring exhibition in the States of the recovered artefacts and booty Black Sam Bellamy s other claims to fame are that he added the crossbones to the most popular version of the Jolly Roger and apparently Captain Jack Sparrows hair in the Pirates of the Carribean was styled to resemble his There is an extensive entry on Wikipaedia for Black Sam Bellamy and people occasionally turn up to visit the church yard where his mother is buried and the church in which Sam was christened including Vic Reeves a well known pirate buff The Oak Barn stands immediately next to the church and the Bellamy family would have passed the gates to the farm on their way to the christening The loss of the Whydah is commemorated

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  • History and Conversion - The Oak Barn, Hittisleigh Barton
    at least 500 years old The Oak Barn is an eighteenth century granary and general barn It is built traditionally in cob a mix of sub soil and straw The building was converted to a wedding venue and holiday let in 2010 2011 opening in May 2011 using local craftsmen and traditional means of construction including green oak trusses using oak from the farm woods lime plasters and re mixed

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