Barn owl

Over fauna fields 4.30 pm today. Crows chased it into the orchard and lost sight. However seen again hunting over the ploughed field. Very excited to see one around these parts.

Clocks Back Sunday

This afternoon we saw 4 snipe flying up from School Pond, a grey heron in a tree by Lucy Brook and another by School Pond, a couple of tree sparrows in the hedge near Alder Pond, a sparrow hawk and two hares in West Field

Volunteer Saturday 10th October 2015

Here is Jonathan’s message to the volunteers

Greetings All,

There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora
this Saturday, October 10th, starting at 10.00am and finishing at 1.00pm
or thereabouts.
If you’re able to tag along, here’s how you might possibly expect to pass
the time…

* Planting out newly donated wildflower plants.
* Removing the old willow protruding into the apple Orchard in the newly
cut back area by the alder trees.
* Repairing the hazel fence into Upper Sowerholme from the Hay Meadow.
* Continuing to trim the vegetation overhanging the track down from
Sunnyside Lane past the Shed.
* Collecting and repairing the ‘Don’t pick too early’ signs from the Orchard.
* Mowing the newly cleared areas in the Orchard.
* Clearing the grass and vegetation around the apple tree adjacent to the
Stump Circle. Cutting back adjacent branches to give it room.
* Starting the hedge trimming process, I suggest with the Pads footpath
alongside the Orchard and the south side of the Paddock.
* Starting the process of slashing and clearing vegetation at the south
end of the Orchard.

From the Thank You desk, the organizers of Apple Day wish to send
heartfelt thanks to all those who were able to assist with the mantling
and subsequent dismantling of equipment. Thank you. It’s much appreciated.

Our friends and allies at the Lancashire Wildlife Trust have a full Winter
Program of events in which to engage.
Please see the attached, erm, attachment for information about Working
Party activities at Warton Crag.
Details will also be appearing shortly on their webpage, where you can
read about what else they’re up to. Point your internet at for optimum enjoyment.

And that’s about it from me for this time,

Best wishes,



2 redwing (my first of the winter) were in the School Field hawthorns this morning. A couple of song thrushes and a blackbird were also present, behaving very much like continental migrants. Several goldcrest were around the orchard and in the hedges in Fauna and a jay was in the area.


Heron and jays

I saw a heron in the middle of the Grammar School field today. I have seen it there before quietly preening itself. Perhaps to get away from all the ducks on the canal.

Two jays in the Orchard.

Oh, and a lunatic youth riding a motor bike at full pelt along the Fauna path. I shouted at him but received a mouthful of abuse in return.

October flush count

Our first foray of the winter through the marshes this morning raised a total of 7 snipe: one in each of the Hay Meadow, School Pond and Flora Field, and a further four in Big Meadow. Small numbers, but still more than the past two years at this early part of the season. Extra sightings were a jay in the Hay Meadow, a kestrel over Lower Sowerholme and a wren in Upper Sowerholme.

More Snipe

There were 7 snipe feeding at School Pond yesterday evening. Still a few house martins around too (in fact one pair are still tending a very late nest nearby).