Thursday October 30th 2014
Half term week-I arrived school by 8.45am began by picking up lots of litter around playground,school field and grass around nearby fruit trees-some of litter possibly pulled out of litter bins by herring gulls!
Rose arrived to join me just after 9am we began our work by filling up our numerous bird feeders around the school wildlife area-lots of birds including robins,goldfinches,collared doves and a magpie soon seen at the feeders
We next went down to do more annual autumn foliage clearing -I pulled out lots of bindweed and nettles around the wildlife pond whilst Rose did similar weeding close by at the other side of the fence
Lots of lovely autumn colours on the trees and fallen leaves-the pink and orange berries on the spindleberries and the rose hips are particularly colourful….
We also both heard a woodpecker tapping on a tree nearby
Thursday October 16th 2014
As usual was first of our volunteer team to arrive-I began by filling bird feeders +had to re site some by classroom windows as branch broke off tree!
Rose then Charley arrived in time to help fill more bird feeders-I sorted bird food for next time and did a little shed tidying whilst Mike and Charley re staked the eucalyptus tree near the pond
Rose +Charley went to the front of school to plant 8 chrysanthemum plants +do a little weeding whilst Mike took the wheelbarrow to the school office to collect 2 large boxes of peanuts and mixed bird seed-I buy from Food 4 Birds a Yorkshire company as it’s good quality,value and service
After a coffee break we pruned the rest of the buddleias and weeded on the slope near the classroom windows by the shed
Charlie and Mike had to leave early -Rose and I carried on with more general weeding and pruning at the side of the pathways
NB I disturbed a frog whilst pruning back michaelmas daisies and montbretia at the top of the steps…
Didn’t collect children to help with last 2 bird feeders after morning break due to damp weather condition plus me feeling under par due to having a heavy cold!
Monday October 13th 2014
Alas rain overnight +this morning meant our volunteers not working in wildlife area at school today!
Thursday October 9th 2014
At school for 8am-began by filling bird feeders and sorting bird food for next work session
I then started weeding undergrowth at top of slope by shed-had filled 2 large garden bags before Mike arrived for chat-alas he had no volunteers to help us this week but hopes to bring along at least 2 next Thurs-we had a chat about what tasks he and his team can help us with!
I next filled another 2 bags with garden waste after more weeding at side of pathway near shed-soon after Sharon arrived to help in time for coffee and a chat-she took 3 of the bags down to the compost bays in the copse by the pond then after our refreshments she and I started to prune back the buddleias by the shed
3 more bags of prunings etc taken to compost pile by Sharon and I
NB I went to collect Year 2 children to help with remaining bird feeders after morning break but they were wearing kit and on way to PE lesson….
Earlier I noticed that blocks of wood had been placed under benches by pond-thank you Mr Ball for levelling off these tables
Monday October 6th 2014
High winds and heavy rain overnight + this morning until after 9am resulted in me going up to school for 10am ie 2 hours later than usual!
Colin away for a month and Cath unable to help today so just me working in school wildlife area
Began by filling some bird feeders then swept the seating and tables and next pulled out some tall unidentified weeds overhanging the paths-final job was weeding the 8 pots ie with daffodil bulbs near the shed
After the morning break I spoke with Mrs Wilde- Year 2 teacher-it was decided as the class were going in assembly I would leave it till Thurs to have children from Year 2 help me with filling bird feeders
Thursday October 2nd 2014
School by 8am I began by filling most of bird feeders around school wildlife area- Colin arrived in time to help me
We then worked in the copse by the pond pruning back some hawthorn and field maple plus moving some rotting garden waste into the new pallet compost shelters
Back up to the shed where Rose had arrived to help us-we took tools etc to the front of school where Charley a new volunteer for our team joined us -she is a school parent
We spent over an hour watering and gardening ie Rose and Charlie planted daffodil bulbs and violas on the bed just inside the front gate whilst Colin and I pruned and removed ivy from the bed in the car park-more daffodil bulbs + donated hebe plants from my home were then planted on this bed
Back then to the wildlife area for well earned coffee and biscuits!
Next Charley left and Colin and Rose did a little more autumnal tidying ie removing dead weeds,grass etc in the wildlife area
I collected 3 little boys from Mrs Freshwater’s Year 1 class to help me with filling the last 2 bird feeder trays
We also looked at all the woodpigeon feathers on the ground by the shed where more than likely there had been a recent attack by a peregrine or sparrowhawk
This morning at least 2 classes have been brought into the wildlife area by staff – the 2nd group were looking for inspiration for Autumn based poetry
Not much time for bird watching this morning however we did notice a grey squirrel around amongst the tree tops again
NB Mike from the Learning Centre brought down 3 new garden waste bags for us -he hopes to start bringing a team he’s supervising -to help us with wildlife area and school grounds tasks -from next Thursday
Monday September 29th 2014
I arrived school 8am began by filling our bird feeders around school wildlife area as usual…
Nigel came for a quick visit alas still unable to help us regularly yet-gave him bird feeder to take home for repair!
Cath and I then went to work at front of school she planted 7 foxglove plants and I planted 18 violas in bed and planters. After watering the new plants + other recent new planting we then started to weed the bed just inside the car park
Cath took a wheelbarrow full of ivy,dandelions and unwanted self seeded tree saplings to compost pile at far corner of school field
After our coffee break I collected 3 children from Year 1 class to help with filling last 2 bird feeders-they were eager to help asking lots of questions !
Cath and I then took the children for a quick tour of the wildlife area – Cath showed them where badgers have been digging along the pathways in search of worms slugs ,insects etc .We saw and heard a variety of birds + looked at apples on trees ,rose hips and most interesting of all looked under a plastic sheet and a stone + into several compost bins where we found worms,woodlice, slugs,ants and a selection of other small insects
Lots of birds around in wildlife area this morning ie wood pigeons,blackbirds + our usually friendly robin which follows me around our project site as I fill each bird feeder!
Also seen were a small flock of goldfinches possibly with a few siskins high in the poplar tree near the pond + a sparrowhawk flew overhead
A grey squirrel was seen moving through the tree tops around the wildlife area this morning