Back to nature

The locals....

  • just passing through

  • Deer do cause some damage but I keep some areas fenced and protect regrowth using tree shelters so they can walk through. They are used to me now and get quite close. I even had a fawn run towards me recently for safety when someones dog was off lead and was chasing it.

  • Grey squirrels are much more of a problem as they ring bark the biggest trees as well as eating the birds 

 

Newts in recovery

What do newts need....

  • Fresh water ponds

  • Good sunlight and not overhung by trees that would clog them up with leaf fall

  • Insects to land on the surface of the pond

  • Vegetation to wrap their eggs in

  • No ducks, no fish and hopefully no dog fur they can be caught up in

  • A few log pils close by out of the water where they can hibernate

Birds

Bird surveys or

Nest box survey  + October nest box cleaning

2 new barn owl boxes to monitor

Butterflies

Planting or sowing wild flowers, hedgerow plants or surveying.

 

​​Habitat connectivity with nearby meadow

Insects

Wood piles and dead hedge everywhere.

Felling December

So dead hedging help

needed  Jan/Feb

Bats

Its early days but 1 have 2 types plus a bat detector

Habitat management advice sought

 
 

Owls in recovery

What do owls need....

  • Small mammal prey

  • Habitat in which to hunt and not to be disturbed

  • Access to water

  • Connectivity to other woodland via hedges, tracks and meadows

  • Ideally farm land that does not use pesticides

  • A vital backup are rows of gardens and vegetable patches where they can hunt hopefully out of the reach of cats

  • Ideally a hole in a tree or a nest box to stay warm and dry in

  • What stunning birds......

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