One of the big enemies of the vines is a small aphid which is golden and spreads a deadly virus which makes the vines give up and die. So the Government require everyone to do one spray against it in early August. So today is the day for us. But we are very conscious of all our very beneficial insects which can be found in large numbers in our wildlife larder of half a hectare within the vines. Before spraying Humphrey cuts the grass strips in the vines to ensure all the other insects are away in our meadows and the sunflower area as they are looking for pollen.
Sue Temperley writes the Wine and Wildlife blog.