- Our 10 acres were planted under the Forest Service Native Woodland Scheme, see: http://www.teagasc.ie/forestry/grants/native_woodland_scheme.asp
- Some good info on trees from Crann, see: http://www.crann.ie/
- The National Biodiversity Data Centre is a great starting point, see: http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/
- Also, the Green Schools program from An Taisce focus on biodiversity as one of their themes. I know that our local school in Querrin is currently working to get their Biodiversity Green Flag, see: http://www.greenschoolsireland.org/biodiversity/biodiversity-in-ireland.366.html
Here they are … Jack and Betty … due to arrive at Purecamping this Spring.
Kevin busy making a shelter for them and we are busy trying to read up on the do’s and don’ts for donkeys. So if anyone has any advice, let us know !
Has anyone noticed the frogs traversing the countryside these late evenings?
Our ponds were bubbling with them early this morning. When I first arrived, the pond water looks like it was boiling! I went for the camera. Lots of frog spawn, although all the frogs (bar one) had dived for cover by time I’d taken a photo. Even the one in the photo is blurred as it is mid-escape.
Mar 16th – And now we have wiggling … jiggling … tadpoles. I promise to take a picture this week and create a new post.
Ok .. this is long overdue … and should be accompanied by photos … I know .. but it will happen.
For now though, there is a flurry of activity outside the window with lovely Goldfinches attracted to their speciality Niger seed and Greenfinches back in action making a real mess under the bird feeder. But, Santa’s Robin and the crows are cleaning that up, helped by our own hens who have a continuous supply of food 🙂
Lots of sparrows … house sparrows … blue tits, great tits, some coal tits.
Further down the fields, in the woodland, there seem to be lots of blackbirds … annoyed with us, when we stroll down through the trees, disturbing them on their turf … sorry …
I really need good binoculars …..
So far, we have ducks … lots of ducks. Curlews … yes …. Geese .. not yet in Querrin shore … but just because I haven’t seen them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. I will check again tomorrow.
Flocks of lapwings. Roundy looking white bodies, black tipped wings as they fly over head with Peewit call. I love looking at these guys.
I love the sound of Querrin shore in the evening …