Feeding birds,re attaching bird nestboxes,clearing more ground foliage and also ivy from trees etc

Monday December 11th 2017

Dry but bitterly cold weather for our work session this morning….

NB we cancelled last Thursday’s work session due to wet weather…

Mark the caretaker brought the ladder into the school wildlife area for me then I started to refill the bird feeders -soon after Colin arrived to help me…

After we’d sorted the bird food ready for the next work session we started to clear more ground foliage on the grassy area..

When Chris arrived he used the ladders to help with re attaching around 6 bird nest boxes to various trees around the school wildlife area-he also refitted the rope handrail by the far steps and began to reassemble the petrol mower he’s kindly repairing for us to use…

Meanwhile Colin moved on to cutting back ivy from tree trunks on the slope below the classrooms….

I was very busy clearing more ground foliage from the slope below the shed resulting in 6 or 7 more large bags of garden waste added to compost piles in copse by pond…

After a warming coffee and biscuits we packed up and headed for our homes ie an hour earlier than usual because of the very low temperature!

 

 

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Feeding birds,pruning,pond tidying,foliage clearing etc

Monday December 4th 2017

Dull and damp weather this morning…

At school around 8.15 am began work by re filling the bird feeders…Colin arrived in time to help me…

Next job was by the pond fence where Colin lopped off several self sown blackthorn saplings at ground level..I added them to the woodpile in the nearby copse…

When Chris arrived we collected the wheelbarrow and set off for the front of school…Colin and Chris collected more carpet from the skip which has now been put on top of more compost piles in the wildlife area…

After Colin had finished propping up a tree which was leaning he planted 50 mini daffodil bulbs on the grassy area between the two main paths…he later went off to prune off  the suckers from the fruit trees on the slope by the playground….

Meanwhile Chris netted out more duckweed from the pond and oiled the hinges and padlocks on both pond gates…

I was busy pulling out lots more foliage on the steep slope below the shed….resulting in several large tubs of garden waste being added to our compost area in the copse…

We packed up and left for home just before a teacher brought a class of children down to do craft work on the “outdoor classroom seating area” near the pond.

NB This morning whilst having our coffee break on the seating along the top path we were attacked by midges!

 

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Feeding birds and clearing more ground foliage

Thursday November 30th 2017

Chilly but thankfully sunny and dry weather for our work session …

I began by refilling all the bird feeders around the school wildlife area…Rose arrived and started work by sweeping all the wet leaves off the pond boardwalk..

Nursery children and staff  visited around 9.30am they were on a “listening walk” whilst having fun exploring the wildlife area…

Rose and I spent the rest of the morning pulling out lots more ground foliage ie grass,nettles,brambles,unwanted weeds etc…Rose was working on the main grassy area between the higher and lower paths whilst I finished tidying the area where we have spring flowering fritillaries and almost finished weeding the grass area by the willow dome…our work resulting in several more bags of garden waste being added to the new compost pile in the copse by the pond..

Still quite a lot more annual autumn/winter clearing tidying to do before the school Xmas holidays…

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Drizzly weather=shortened work session!

Monday November 27th 2017

Alas drizzly weather which was forecast arrived nevertheless Colin,Chris and I all arrived to do our voluntary work session in the school wildlife area as usual….

l began to refill all the bird feeders…. shortly after Colin arrived to help  …he brought down the large carpet pieces rescued from the skip which he put over the compost piles in the copse by the pond…

As we were sorting the recent delivery of bird food by the shed Chris arrived…he’d brought his drill from home so went off to repair the broken seat alongside the top pathway..

Nursery children and staff came down to explore the wildlife area.. they were also searching for twigs for their campfire…

Meanwhile Chris with help from Colin screwed together some wooden pallets to add another compost bin to others we already have in the copse by the wildlife pond…

Time  next for an early coffee break and catch up at our covered seating bench by the willow dome ….followed by a unanimous decision to pack up and head early for our homes as wet and slippy conditions not suitable for the task I had planned i.e. clearing more ground foliage….

 

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Refilling bird feeders plus more annual autumnal clearing

Thursday November 23rd 2017

Chris,Colin & I were all unable work in the school wildlife area on Monday due to other commitments and various health issues so it was great to be working within our project site again this morning with Rose…

Once we had managed to register using the school’s new security system we walked through school to begin our work session…many thanks to school caretaker for bringing our bird food delivery to the shed for us…

After refilling all the various bird feeders with mixed seeds,peanuts , niger seeds and fat balls we began our main task of the morning i.e. more undergrowth/foliage clearing…resulting in another 10 large bags of garden waste being added to our compost bins

Still quite a lot more clearing to be done asap …have daffodil bulbs need planting…also hoping for dryer weather so we can as usual finish all the annual ground clearing and pruning back before Christmas!

 

 

 

 

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Autumnal weeding and clearing,recycling old carpets,wasp,grey squirrels,robins,blackbirds,dead mistle thrush…..

Thursday November 16th 2017

Beautiful sunny and dry autumn weather for this morning’s work session at school-just me as Rose had an appointment….

School receptionist told me that there was old carpet I could take from the skip so after checking it I went through school to the wildlife area to collect a wheelbarrow-the caretaker kindly helped me load the carpet onto the barrow and then wheel it to the wildlife area-the large mat with rubber backing is now on the slope below the classroom windows so going up and down muddy slope to bird feeders should be safer-the pieces of hessian backed carpet are in the shed-will probably use them to cover our recycled pallet compost bins when we’ve finished our annual clearing of ground foliage!

I then spent 2+ hours hand pulling and pruning back ground foliage from grassy areas within the wildlife area-resulting in 10 large bags of garden waste then being added to our compost piles….

Saw a wasp, robins, blackbirds, wood pigeons,magpies and several grey squirrels in the school wildlife area this morning..

NB Sadly found a dead mistle thrush just through the gate by the shed -a few feathers on ground so guessing it had been attacked and killed by a sparrowhawk?

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Feeding birds,watering and refilling butts ,sleepy ladybirds,removing litter + balls etc from behind playground stage…

Monday November 13 th 2017

Good to be back after a lovely week away visiting family…

Chilly but sunny autumn weather for our short work session this morning -arrived school 8.15am and began to refill bird feeders around the school wildlife area…shortly afterwards Colin arrived to help me..

After sorting the bird food ready my  next work session on Thurs with Rose, Colin refilled the water butts plus we both watered the planted pots by the shed…

Have been irritated for some time by the increasing amount of litter and PE equipment behind the wooden stage in the playground-gathered rake and net etc to fish it out however Colin had a better plan ie used a chair then jumped down in narrow gap behind stage where he did brilliant job of removing dead branches, litter and PE equipment etc

Colin then wedged 3 large pieces of marine plywood behind the stage NB still have need for more for another large piece of wood to fill remaining gap -hopefully this wood barrier will make it easier to retrieve litter and balls etc in future!

Time next for a well deserved coffee break before packing up and heading home..

NB 3 small sleepy multi spotted  yellow ladybirds on the bench we were using on top path

NB broken seat along top pathway to be repaired asap + hopefully Chris and Colin will also make another recycled pallet compost bin next Monday 

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