Vacant properties ready now

New build – suitable for flycatchers, redstarts, nuthatches, etc

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Second hand tit residence, close to workshop facilities

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One previous owner (a bunch of wasps)

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Suitable for swinging tits (breezy location)

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New redstart fortress (replacing wooden box in same location where nest was predated last year)

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Great tit location – near pond and amenities

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Come and live in a house where you look like an owl

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More social housing

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Are you a swallow? Do you like pigs? This is for you – a ready made swallow nest in the pig shed

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Plus you can have robins for neighbours

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More space for warm winter expanded tit population

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and here

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This really is social housing

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Now if you really are an owl… you might have to boot out the squirrels first

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and for swallows who want a place tried and tested last year – although this time round we will be rigging up something to protect the machinery below from your rock hard droppings

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Marching on

As the month draws to a close we spot our first swallow. The new Light Sussex duo are settling in

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from a distance they are a bit barn owlish and as we only have tawnys here they deserve the names Twit and Woo. They are keeping an eye on their co-quarantined Wellsummers

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Juliet and Augusta

Bert has been asking Spot how her confinement is progressing

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She is pleased that her maternity paddock is now linked to the nursery quarters

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And we seem to have one baby rabbit

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We did not know they came in ones.

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Doing the Hen Shuffle

Last night the wind

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and snow

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blew through. But today it is the Hen Shuffle.

So Fanny, who we rescued from massacre,

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is in the pantry.

So his two ladies are inherited by Floppy, who can’t believe his luck

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although one member of his previous trio is a little quizzical

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Meanwhile Floppy’s ex-quarters are quarantine for four newcomers

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arrived today to up our egg production

Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Present and future pigs

Today was the first day when the mud was sufficiently solid for Spot to consider lying down

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in order to have her teats tweaked

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Earlier in the day Bert too had been spied lying down outside to catch the sun. Later on he does not want to miss out on the attention

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As Spot sniffs the air of Spring

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we think that her teats – in a months time when she farrows – will soon look like this

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This is Martha who lives at Foldson Rare Breeds and is the mother of these two week olds

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who we visited today in search of child brides for Bert. The red marks one of the chosen ones

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Exciting pig times ahead

On the cusp

Caught between moods and seasons as we pass through the door into lengthening days.

The full moon rises

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just as rain returns after a strange period of dryness while snow still rims the mountains

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Animal activity is changing – winter tit flocks have dispersed and chaffinches defend their patches with monotonous calls.

Mr Pheasant affects haughty disdain

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and the rabbit has a glint in its eye

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Spot is getting restless

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while Bert just wants breakfast in bed

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The (remaining) ducks just want to keep their heads down

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Down at the sow nursery site the special window is being installed

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Blood on the Road

Gribin Isaf is on a minor single track unclassified road. To get here you have to leave a B road and, in a space of half a kilometre, stop your vehicle to open and close two gates. This road also takes you through the middle of an active farm yard before reaching us.

If you were on this journey would you be proceeding with caution, or speeding round blind bends as the driver of a (as yet) unnamed well known major distribution company was doing today

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So this morning there were six ducks and now there are three

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and a feather in the road

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We have to to raise our eyes and see new life in the sheep about to lamb

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and, of course, Spot and her contents

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as she watches

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her new house move to completion

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So we end a misty day misty eyed

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