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  1. Now that Spring seems to be with us, the birds are getting down to the serious business of finding a mate, and building a nest in which to raise a brood.  If you put up a nestbox earlier in the year, keep an eye out for activity, i.e. birds flying in and out, and if you can,  putting out bits of wool or pet hairs is a great help to them, enabling them to save a bit of energy.  As the insect population increases, you may find food remaining on bird tables, but please do not stop feeding!  The birds are relying on you still.  Suet is still popular as well as seeds and mealworms, but peanuts can choke nestlings, so it is best not to offer these.

    Look out for hedgehogs waking up from hibernation, and if you put food out please do not give them bread and milk!!  Next month will see dragonflies and damselflies emerging around ponds, and migration really gets going, with swallows and swifts, and many warblers ariving to our shores, although Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps are here now.

  2. As I am typing, 3 buzzards are circling overhead, a woodpecker is drumming, a flock of Siskins are being very noisy and monopolising the feeders, and daffodils and crocuses are looking beautiful all around me.  Could it be that Spring is here?!  After the incredible cold of the last week or two, with temperatures plummeting and more snow than you could shake a stick at, things here are slowly getting back to normal.....Frogs are making whoopee in the large pond down the road, and I am busy planning my permaculture garden which will hopefully be self-sufficient in organic fruit and veg, applying the principles of Forest Gardening, aided by milder temperatures and increasing light.  Felt a bit energetic and gave all my bird tables and feeders a good clean to help stop the spread of disease and saw a pair of bluetits checking out the new nestbox.  Good luck to 'em I say!