We had previously cut down mature Hawthorn trees as they were shading out the wildflowers, the sheep which will usually eat the shoots as they re-grow whilst they are soft were in too few numbers, this allowed the shoots to become woody and tough and therefore unpalatable. Now that they have been re-cut we need to keep plenty of sheep in the field so that it doesn't happen again, lesson learned! The sheep will eat a few of the flowers but certainly not all of them, it is worth losing a very small percentage of the flowers this year for the overall good of the grassland long term.
|Volunteers John and Rob doing what the sheep didn't!|
Please do not look in bird boxes at this time of year, you need special training and a licence. The pictures below aren't great as i didn't want to mess about too long and disturb the birds.
|Blue Tit sitting on 6 chicks in the box next to the bird hide.|