Monday, 10 October 2011

A wild windy day...for a change...NOT!

The Safari has had the first Hedgerow Survey result in, from Young Un Ash on his bus ride to college. The lanes through 'typical' Fylde farmland scoring a poor 2 ie very few berries.

Keep em coming folks - let's see how the rest of the British Isles' hedgerows are faring...many thanks.

No Peregrines on the tower this morning but a Blue Tit dropped from high against the wind and started poking around low down behind the Pyracantha - no doubt enjoying the shelter from the garden fence.

Next door's haven't shut their back gate properly and it's being banged around in the wind - gonna be very annoying for the rest of the day as there's no escape from it stuck in here.

Where to next? Might be back with more news later

In the meantime let us know if the wind is whistling through the hedgerows in your outback.

Got a bit bored this arvo and after the weekend's all singing all dancing Strictly-X-Dancing Factor 'extravaganza (does it never end?) got to wondering if any of the following would have made it to 'Boot Camp'?

Ian Gillan

Was that shouting we heard???

Donny Monroe

Can't understand a word he's sayin??? Was at his farewell gig at Stirling Castle in 96 abosolutely awesome in the truest sense of the word!

BTW Alba is the 'proper' name for Scotland for the non Gaelic speakers amongst us, according to Wifey - not that she speaks a word of her native tongue like 99.9% of all Scotsmen

Grace Slick

Voice too 'wobbly'???

Great video from Grace though

Bit weird for Gary & Co?


Fleetwood Birder said...

Hello Dave, I just wanted to raise one point about your hedgerow survey. If you are surveying lanes then you are going to find very few berries as these hedges are cut regularly by farmers and local authorities for road safety. In fact I would urge you not to count the results from any hedgerows surveyed along lanes as they will skew your results massively. To get any idea of the food available in hedgerows in the form of berries it would be better to survey 'in-field' hedges only. Cheers, Seumus

Lancs and Lakes Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Thanks Seumus, good point, you're right in that the roadside hedges are cut harder and more frequently but I still think in many areas unnecessarily so... my passenger noted many in-field hedges had already been heavily trimmed during our drive to Arnside last week and wondered why it was necessary for pasture fields.
It could be quite difficult for the public to survey reasonable lengths of in-field hedges due to access.
It's a start and if it gets people out and about not only enjoying but also recording what they do (or don't) find that can only be a good thing.