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Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

The wild birds at Foxglove are fed all year round as they need all of the help they can get. The seed feeders therefore need to be cleaned regularly. The Foxglove volunteers were glad to help even though most people had been doing the very same job in their back gardens at the weekend.

Cleaning the seed feeders

Other tasks carried out by volunteers today include sorting out the timber store, clearing around the large wooden hopper feeders and identifying fungi.

Volunteers also continued to burn brash in the clear fell area and were assisted by staff and pupils from the Dales School.

Big bonfire

This site is looking great now and will soon be re-planted with new trees. Not all of the branches have gone to waste. Some of the tree tops make perfect Christmas trees. Here is Simon carrying one back to the Field Centre!

Christmas is coming

The Dales School students also enjoyed a walk over the bridge at the head of the lake and had a look for the Kingfisher that is seen daily fishing from the purposefully placed perches.

Looking for the Kingfisher

There are also frequent sightings of Kestrel, this one was observed hunting close by to the bonfire and didn't seem at all bothered by the smoke or the noise of the tractor and trailer.

Hovering Kestrel


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