Swift flying

Continuing with the theme of providing nesting opportunities, there is still time to prep for the arrival of Swifts.

Due to start appearing in late April, early May you could have a beautiful nesting box ready and waiting for them.

Sounds tantalizing and inspiring indeed! Everything you need to know can be found at http://actionforswifts.blogspot.com/

They are a local organization which can give you all the advice and support needed to get you started.

Robin on a fence post

Legend has it that originally Saint Valentine’s day was said to be the day the birds find their mates and so it became known as the day of love,  how very cute!

In celebration of this fuzzy phenomenon, how about making or buying a nesting box? It’s National Nest Box week (14th-21st Feb) which, even saying those words, does feel decidedly Spring-like, positive and upbeat! But also a perfect incentive to get those boxes up and settle in.

Legend also has it that Blue Tits are the most likely birds to use a nest box. They prefer something with a 25mm entrance, see this link; https://shopping.rspb.org.uk/garden-bird-nest-boxes/rspb-classic-nestbox.html

There’s lots of guidance to be found here: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/nestboxes/nestboxes-for-small-birds/making-and-placing-a-bird-box/

You can even take part in a nest box survey:

https://www.nestboxweek.com/nestbox-census

Or if you feel like ‘nice idea but probably won’t get round to it’.

Then remember most of our garden birds prefer a big patch of bramble or thick Ivy to nest in. So just don’t tidy up or cut back and the work is done for you!

Small pond with logs around.

Although you may be thinking there’s lots of it around at the moment, the bigger picture is not so moist. Hotter and drier conditions in our region have lead our water systems and the creatures that depend on them to be in trouble. BUT there is something this weekend you could do to massively help this situation….. dig a POND!

If you have even just a little space adding a pond to your life will enrich it exponentially! There is much help online to show you the best way to do this and what you will attract. See these links:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/gardening-for-wildlife/water-for-wildlife/making-a-pond

http://https;//www.froglife.org/info-advice/frequently-asked-questions/creating-or-improving-ponds/

The pond in the picture was made in a morning, before it was literally a dry corner with a little bit of rubbish in!

 

 

 

 

Swift flying away from hands

Here’s an invitation to spend an hour counting birds in your garden or from your balcony. The RSPB organise this every year and it’s now become the world’s largest wildlife survey. All the details are found here: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/

See if you can name as many bird species as you can dog breeds!

Boardwalk with pond view

There is a new bid to more than double the size of the existing Logan’s Meadow Reserve. The project is part of a joint proposal by the City Council and the newly formed Friends of Logan’s Meadow group, the plan is to create a new fen, wet grassland and woodland habitats. This creation will help to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and help increase biodiversity in the reserve overall. This project will also be contributing towards Natural Cambridgeshire’s Doubling Nature Vision, see link.

The extension will help towards increasing the city’s tree canopy cover: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/cambridge-canopy-project

A public consultation was widely publicised between 12th Oct and the 20th November 2020 and received a healthy 460 responses. The report summarises these responses but also outlines the proposed next steps. To view the report please go to:https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/logans-meadow-local-nature-reserve

and scroll down to Proposed Extension section.