I wish I could have begun my March blog by saying, how much I'm enjoying the
warmth of Spring! Unfortunately Winter has kept a tight grip across
the country and left just about everyone feeling 'where's spring'?
Animals, birds, insects and plant life seem to be struggling on, but there's
a real desperation for new life to burst through, to awaken from their
winter sleep, for buds and blossoms to flourish and for the rise
in temperature we would all welcome.
We have certainly had a proper, whole hearted Winter in our part of the
world, not just a half hearted frost , or a wet and windy affair as
Our kids have thoroughly enjoyed sledging, snowball fights, building
numerous snow'people' and animals, and igloo creations around the
garden. As for me, I have sledged myself out, my body can't take
We all have had paths to clear, cars to dig out, icicles to knock down
from the gutters and of course doing our best to ensure pipes
Hopefully Spring will arrive soon and its colours, smells and sounds will be
a welcome embrace as the weeks proceed. Our garden birds are
frantically feeding , and collecting nesting material , so the birds are
for sure just getting on with it. They know spring will come. We've
had new wee visitors in the garden that we haven't recorded before,
- two Bramblings, often mistaken as a chaffinch, beautiful little birds.
We had also been watching two Fieldfare, but there are now quite a
healthy number of them.
I'm glad to say we are hearing the tawny owl again every night, because
they did go worryingly quiet while the ground had a blanket of snow.
Understandably mice and bank voles would have moved about under the
snow, hidden away , making life difficult for the owls. They are
fantastic hunters, but deep snow with a hard crust on the top,
makes the catch tricky!
We've also been following badger tracks, he seems to routinely jaunt
past our front gates, though there would be barely enough room
if a car were to pass. Then he bumbles along, under our hedge
and through the field, leaving snuffly lines of upturned soil.
Well, I really hope I will be able to tell you next month that I've been
outside and not felt frozen! The days are feeling a lot longer and
brighter so we're all ready for Spring to SPRING into action.
THINGS WE CAN DO TO HELP
●Why not fill one of your bird feeders with materials to provide for
birds nesting such as moss, small sticks, horse hair, sheep's wool.
It's very interesting to see what species choose.
●Continue providing food and water for the birds as many
are getting ready to nest
●Look out for blackthorn in flower, great start for insects
●Toads are just beginning to emerge
●See if you can spot some mad March hares Lastly please think about products that you bring into your home made from plastic. Recently I went food shopping and chose not to buy certain products
as they were unnecessarily wrapped in plastic. If we all did the same,
food producers might pay more attention.
At Newcastleton wildlife club we have just done our first litter pick
of the year.
Over the length of just one mile north of the village, we filled nine
big bags, and the majority of the rubbish was made from plastic.
It's a rubbish job having to pick up other people's rubbish, but be the better person and simply bin it.
The countryside will look so much better and wildlife will be safer - thanks to you.
see you in April