Stoat, starlings and linnets

Last Wednesday (8th February) as the Hedge Working Party past Little Wood we saw a stoat dart across the wood.

Today (11th Feb) we saw a biggish group of starlings adjacent to West Field. I would say a couple of hundred. Also a flock of linnets in the tree adjacent to the Pads footpath.

Oh and a moorhen in Big Meadow next to the Fauna path

Volunteering Saturday 11th February

Here is Jonathan’s email

Greetings All,

There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Flora and Fauna this
Saturday, February 11th, starting at 10.00am and finishing at 1.00pm or

If you’re able to come along, here’s what you have to look forward to…

* Cutting back the invasive bramble throughout the Orchard.
* Using the extending hedge trimmer we need to trim the high hedge growth
alongside the Paddock, between the Fauna path and School pond and
alongside Carr House Meadow.
* Trimming the hedge on the south side of the Flora Field.
* Trimming the hedge between the Pads footpath and the Flora Field.
* Planting oak saplings in Little Wood.
* Cheerful whistling, according to ability.
* Marking out with stakes the planned footpath through the Pony Wood

And that’s about it for this time,

Best wishes,

Teal and thrush

Three teal on Alder Pond this morning, plus a song thrush in the Orchard.

Also, I have been meaning to report that the Hedge Working Party observed a hare in Lower Sowerholme on 25th January.


A female brambling was with the linnets and chaffinches feeding in the arable field this morning.

The annual influx of fieldfare and redwing is well underway too, with a mixed flock of c120 birds by the Admiralty Wood.