Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bunding Removal From The Tye

After months, if not years of debate, delays, objections, financial and no doubt political wranglings, the bunding on the Tye is finally being removed.  Most, if not all of the chalk put on the Tye several years ago is now being taken off.  I guess it had to go and there wasn't a lot that could be done once the enforcement notice was placed on it but it does seem a waste of time, effort and money that could have been avoided.

I have to say they're doing a pretty good job of it.  Thank goodness the weather has been dry for several days as the trucks digging and removing the bunding are leaving little in the way of marks to show where they've been - unlike when it all went on there.

They're not finished yet but gaps have appeared, areas have been smoothed and most of the white chalk mounds have been returned to soil.  I don't have to scramble up over the bunding any more to get onto the Tye and access is certainly much easier for the less-able bodied.  They've left most of the bramble patches, so wildlife has somewhere to feed, hide and live.

However, there's still the issue of traffic.  It was like the M25 up there yesterday with at least ten vehicles of various shapes and sizes using the short-cut through Telscombe Village and now they can get on to the Tye - it will only get worse unless they do something to restrict access.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Totally Amazed

I popped down earlier to take a break from work and there was a positive flurry of activity in the garden. I've never seen so many birds flitting from shrub to shrub, on the feeders and on the bird bath.

Wren, great tit, blue tit (3), long-tailed tit, garden warblers (3), dunnock, robin, chaffinch (where were they all when Garden Birdwatch was happening?).

Now, you may not think this is particularly significant but things have been even quieter than normal in the garden with very few birds visiting the feeders. My garden is only small and it's rare to see more than 2 or 3 birds, never mind different species at any one time - a robin is an exotic occurrence in this part of the world, so this was a real treat, especially to see a family of warblers picking insects from the branches and to have all three species of tit in the garden at once.

Ah simple pleasures ... back to work.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

National Moth Night

Tonight is National Moth Night and you might be pleasantly surprised at the number and variety of moths that are out there. There are an amazing 2500 varieties of moth in the UK and only a few of them actually eat clothes. Many of them fly during the day and they come in all shapes and sizes, patterns and colours.

There are far more species of moth than there are of butterflies but they're often missed due to their nocturnal habits.

However trapping moths is slightly more complicated than sticking a light bulb outside with a white sheet. Moths are attracted to UV light so a specialised bulb is needed (or recommended) along with something to trap them in, so you can inspect them later, unless your planning to stay up all night.

Not that there's time to rustle one up for this evening's Moth Night but there are details on building and attracting moths here:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Autumn Flowers Needed

The garden is a little bereft of flowers at this time of the year and definitely needs some autumn food for the bees, so I'm on a mission to find some late summer/early autumn flowers to plant up in the garden.

It's also been very dry, so what plants there are, have been struggling a bit.  I spotted a catmint (Nepeta) in the garden centre - I was in two minds whether to get it - I have enough of a cat problem without encouraging them but the fact a bumblebee was busily collecting nectar from it made the decision.