Tuesday, 20 October 2009


When we bought our house 12 or so years ago part of the attraction was that it was on the northern boundary of the village and it was unlikely that there would be further development in that direction. There is a public footpath runs from the end of our front garden for 25m to a stile that crosses fields to the next village 1m away.
The developers plans were for a small grassy area immediately north of our front garden that was designated as 'playspace'. After a couple of years some of the neighbours got a little parochial and decided that they didn't want the occasional teenager on a 50cc sewing machine bombing along behind the house, nor did they want the dog walkers or somewhere for the local kids to gather of a summer night and share a can of LCL Pils. As a result the 'playspace' was fenced and hedged and abandoned.
Between my lawn and the abandoned space is a 3m shelter belt mainly Cotoneaster, rose, bramble and a little self seeded Elderberry and Buddliea. I've kind of had my eye on this space for a year or two as it's developed into a nice rough little clearing surrounded by hedge on three sides and willows on the fourth. Not much reason for anyone to go there apart from the occasional teenage explorer. This year the hedges held Lesser Whitethroat which sang for a couple of weeks and possibly may have bred, Willow Warbler which almost certainly bred, Blackcap, Common chiffchaff, Garden Warbler. Our first ever pair of House Sparrow bred in a corner overhang overlooking the little clearing, they and their offspring are using the cotoneaster hedge to roost and call from regularly.
So with a little spare time at the beginning of this week I decided to start on my plan to try and create my own little feeding station.

The Breakthrough
So I took the hedge trimmer and cut a 3ft wide path through the hedge at the NW corner of my property and gazed upon the vista beyond from the point at which I intend to create a hide of sorts.

It won't happen overnight but I think it offers some good opportunities to bring in a few birds and try to photograph them in a reasonably natural setting.


Stewart said...

Alan we set up a feeding station at felton lane years ago at little cost and got loads of stuff including a cracking Northern Bully trapped and ringed! We visited local farms around Linton and begged bags of old waste chaff from threshing that included weed seed then wire meshed blocks of cheap lard to tree trunks and hung a few nut feeders up. The results were great, with loads of finches and yellowhammers every day...

Good luck.

Laura K said...

Nice backyard view. Your goals sound exciting. Anything to bring the birds closer...