Hedgerow Update January 2014

MPFm 16.01.14 Hazel Catkins - © FM - Comp
Hazel Catkins – ©2014 Felicity McStea

Our mid January maintenance working party was greeted by the sight of this young hedgerow’s first hazel catkins (Corylus avellana) waving in the breeze. Volunteers dodged a couple of heavy showers to do a morning’s tidying and transplant suckers of blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) to fill some of the gaps where hedging plants had failed, as  reported previously.

A Robin (Erithacus rubecula) was our constant companion, foraging in the ground that we had disturbed.  Sightings also included two Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba); Magpie (Pica pica); Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) and a Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) flying low over the field’s winter mustard crop.  We heard Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) and Dunnock (Prunella modularis) in more established hedges nearby and two Redwing (Turdus iliacus) as they overflew the site.

MPFm 16.01.14 Work Party - © FM - Comp

Volunteer Working Party – ©2014 Felicity McStea

 

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