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Spring Cleaning

Tuesday, April 21st 2015

Our volunteers were hard at work again today as we cleaned all of the bird feeders that are hung around the reserve. After collecting them in, they were carefully taken apart and given a good scrub.

The glorious weather made this an enjoyable task, with everybody chatting and joking as we worked. It is important to regularly clean feeders as dirt and dust from the seed can build up; this can cause seed to rot in the feeders and may harbour disease such as Papillomatosis which is sometimes seen in Chaffinches. To minimise the chance of transmission the feeders are often cleaned and rotated around different positions on site.

The warm weather helped to dry the feeders quickly, so they were back with birds feeding before lunch.

During the afternoon volunteers helped us to give the workshop a tidy before heading down to our wood store at the bullet catcher to help us sort and organise everything down there – a mucky job, but definitely worth the effort!

In other news, the lawn has been re-turfed today, repairing the damage caused by the articulated lorry last month. The area is now looking really smart and will be even better when the paving slabs are laid later in the week.

As always, we are very grateful to everyone who has helped us with these jobs.


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