Category: Barrie Tyrer

Sparrowhawk wins a meal and a surprise visitor

Witnessed a Sparrowhawk take a Starling, I was outside changing the gas bottle when I heard a noise behind me, which sounded like a very muffled explosion. In the field behind me was a compact ball of Starlings the ball was much denser than the ball the form when moving around feeding and the sound was … Continue reading “Sparrowhawk wins a meal and a surprise visitor”

Getting ready for Spring

Decided to revamp the pond before any frogs turned up. Last year we had a single male take up residence and over about a week, five lots of spawn appeared. So dug out the waders baled out some of the water into water butts along with some of the pond weed and algae. Then waded in … Continue reading “Getting ready for Spring”

Big Garden Birdwatch

Highest number seen in the garden at one time backbirds 4 Blue tit 5 Chaffinch 6 Coal tit 12 Dunnock 2 Great tit 4 Long-tailed tit 10 Robin 4 Starling 1 (this is the injured bird which looks to be getting better it can now fly up into the trees but the wing is still … Continue reading “Big Garden Birdwatch”

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Return of the Lapwing

16th Jan on the way to Clitheroe saw a flock of about 60 Lapwing presumably on one of their reconnaissance  flights from the coast. 17th Jan the Great spotted woodpecker is drumming on the tin plate capping a telegraph pole. Raked all the leaves off the gravel meadow and gave it a quick mow to knock … Continue reading “Return of the Lapwing”

A talk prompts a rediscovery

Went to a talk on Cross hill and Salt Hill nature reserves Clitheroe by Phil Dykes. The rich diversity of wildflower species was an eye opener  and now a firm promise to myself to pay these two sites much more attention. The talk was hosted by Clitheroe Naturalists and there hopefully will be a guided … Continue reading “A talk prompts a rediscovery”

Looking forward to the Big Garden Birdwatch

Very simple to do sometime between 28-30 January watch the birds in your garden for an hour and record what you see. You can get full details and a free pack from https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch by post or you can download it. Currently in our garden we are getting Blue and Great tits, Coal tits, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Longtailed tit, Robin, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, … Continue reading “Looking forward to the Big Garden Birdwatch”

New Year at Crow Wood Farm

Had a quick look around for wild flowers in bloom yesterday and found none. A look round the garden found the following garden plants in flower Dame’s Violet (Hesperis matronalis) Primrose and Wallflower both garden varieties. Over the last couple of weeks a male Sparrowhawk has been a regular visitor sitting on the bird table, in a … Continue reading “New Year at Crow Wood Farm”

Fancy a new year plant hunt?

Need an excuse to get out in the fresh air after festive excesses? take part in the annual New Year Plant Hunt organised by the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland. It is very simple between the 1st and 4th on Jan go out looking for wild plants in flower. full details at http://bsbi.org/new-year-plant-hunt

Sustainable Tourism

Went to the Forest of Bowland Sustainable Tourism Forum last night. This is an annual event for Tourism businesses who support the aims of the AONB and want to be more environmentally friendly. The night was also the venue for the annual meetings of two organisations. Bowland Experience a business support network of which I am a Director … Continue reading “Sustainable Tourism”

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