Some work on improving the drainage in one part of the field using muck dug out of the old pond.
One of the last sightings of the owls before they dispersed and the field became empty for over a year.
First sighting of
one, two, three new Barn Owl hatchlings.
A few months of work have paid off and the pond is looking a lot better, and thriving with life.
A nest in the old shelter full of robin chicks (five, we think!).
But we’ve decided to leave it where it is.
A brief flight up through a break in the low cloud above the field.
It looked perfectly healthy, but a storm brought down this 200 year old ash tree. At least we’re not short of firewood for the next few winters.
A frozen owl and a Garden Orb-Weaver in its web.
New gates, fences, paths. And no more rusty metal.
A grey, smelly, overgrown puddle, but with a bit of effort we hope to bring this old pond back to life.
The first sighting of this most beautiful of creatures, and a good incentive for the work ahead of us.
In March 2016 we took ownership of the field and started down a long road of restoration with the aim creating a natural wildlife haven based on a traditional English meadow.