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Tuesday, March 26th 2013

Once again snow was falling as the volunteers arrived at Foxglove. 

Thirteen volunteers turned out in pretty miserable conditions to help clear the felled brash in the new orchard area.  Everyone was glad that there was a good bonfire to help keep us warm.  Preparations for the two orchards are now complete; as soon as there is a break in the weather the fruit trees will be planted.

Brian and John helped to top up the feeders and hoppers this afternoon.  Birds are finding it hard during this prolonged cold snap and were coming into feed before we had even left the feeding stations.  Good numbers of Brambling, Siskin, and Lesser Redpoll were seen in the back garden today, amongst other sightings of Buzzards, Snipe and Marsh Tit from around the reserve.

While it might still be cold and feeling very much like Winter, there are signs of Spring still just visible.  Hazel flowers were seen out along some of the net rides as the feeders were filled.  Let's hope they are here to usher in some warm Spring weather!

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A Volunteer responded on 27th Mar 2013 with...

Does that chap spend all his time pushing a wheelbarrow? No wonder he sometimes falls asleep!

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