Saturday, January 14, 2017

Special Branch

First task of the year and out with Special Branch up at Stanmer Organics. Great turnout all round with nine of us turning up, despite the cold and recent snow, although not too much left on the ground.

Raised beds - Special Branch, Stanmer
Rebuilding two raised beds, further along from where we were working previously.

With nine of us we made quick work of it but only two people able to work on replacing the stakes holding up the boards.

Rebuilding the raised beds.
Took a timely break in the polytunnel for lunch when it started raining.

As there were enough of us, we also set about trimming the overgrown willows either side of the polytunnel, adding the trimmings to the dry brush hedge along the edge of the wood.

So three tasks completed, rather than just the planned one ... and we finished early.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

... and a partridge in a pear tree

A covey of 18 red-legged partridge turned up this afternoon. Emerging one by one from the hedge to feed below the feeders for several minutes and then disappearing back the way they came.

No doubt escaping from the nearby shoot and not yet destined to end up on the Christmas table.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

SWT Christmas Task

Sussex Wildlife Trust volunteers clearing scrub on Malling Down, Lewes.

A good Christmas turnout on a misty Sunday morning. Not too cold or windy.

Clearing a few small clumps of hawthorn, dogwood saplings and the ash tree felled last time, got the bonfire going. Sausage rolls and mince pies around the fire for lunch.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New garden visitor!


I occasionally see or hear one of these flying across the local park but one has never visited my garden feeders until today!

Definitely prefers the fat balls or the fatty nibbles and has now been seen on at least three days. It may of course have been sneaking in when I wasn't looking.

I daresay it won't put in an appearance for BTO Big Garden Birdwatch!

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Wryneck in Sussex!

Well, this one was certainly a first for me and a real surprise as a visitor to my parents garden but then as a certain David Lindo @urbanbirder Rule No. 1 "Anything can turn up anywhere at anytime"! So why not.

Having got over the excitement of a wryneck and watched it move in and out of the flowerbeds it almost got taken out by a male sparrowhawk which caused all the birds on the feeders to dive for the hedges until it flew off again.

The wryneck then hunkered down for several minutes until it felt it was safe to move again.

(Yes, not a great photo but it was shakily taken through binoculars with an iphone!)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Summer Fayres and sand wasps

Out in the sunshine at the Telscombe and Peacehaven Summer Fayre. 

Over the course of the day these appeared in the sand just in front of us. Watched the holes appeared as they burrowed into the ground, buried their eggs and then covered them over. Industrious little sand wasps.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Summer Weekend In The Lakes

A lovely weekend in the Lake District. The scenery is beautiful whatever the weather.

Got out for a couple of good walks in between showers, coffee, plenty of chat in good company.