Last Friday I took a walk around the farms with the local FWAG East advisor to update our Biodiversity Action Plan.
We are at the stage of formally confirming what we have done over recent years and looking at what we can do into the future. I find it helpful to have something written down as it looks like a proper ask when in black and white and it is also a good reminder for my ever leaky memory!
For the immediate future I think we can start some supplementary feeding on the wild bird seed mix areas.
These areas have clearly done a job as they have been stripped of seeds, but we are still at a time of sparse seed supplies and supplementary feeding could make all the difference to some of the local birds. This type of feeding is granted approval as part of Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) and it is possible to use farm saved grains (wheat and oilseed rape seed).
The hazel and pussy willow catkins have started to release their pollen and the first of the male birds are now singing about spring being on the way.
Let’s hope it soon starts to feel like spring is coming too!