Foxglove 1:0 Squirrels

Thursday, June 30th 2016

Did you miss our amphibian event last night? We found some! The rain even stopped in time for the pond dipping! Our next children’s event with pond dipping is Pond Explorers on 17th of August – get your bookings in now!

This evening we watched a puzzled squirrel try to leap on to our feeders and miss. This morning it had no problem. Little did it know that during the day our wonderful volunteers lowered the ‘squirrel baffles’ to prevent it jumping to the feeders from the pole below them. For now, it will have to be content with leftovers on the ground. But how long before it finds a new way up..?

Today volunteers have also tried squirrel-proofing our ground feeder, mowed and strimmed net rides ready for bird ringing on Saturday, helped with a stock take, pruned the Field Centre hedge, replaced a damaged net pole and the wire grip on a bridge and repaired a dam. An impressive list of achievements – thank you to all!

Meanwhile, up at Cape Wrath the photos coming our way suggest that more lovely birds, such as these ringed plover chicks are getting new bling (i.e. rings, as part of the British Trust for Ornithology’s Ringing Scheme).

Today our ringers are starting their long journey back to Foxglove. We wish them a safe journey.


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