I have just returned from a most enjoyable weekend at Rutland Water, for Birdfair 2018. What a pleasure it was to be part of such a fantastic event at such a beautiful part of the world! Ordered a bat detector which I have been after for ages and heard some really entertaining as well as thought-provoking talks on conservation in general, and saw my first Osprey. Superb bird! It was a really positive experience to be with so many people who are so passionate about wildlife, and reminded me that despite all the horrible and depressing stories and reports we are bombarded with daily with respect to species extinction, pollution and climate change, as well as hunting and cruelty to animals and birds in general.....there are people like us who will not give up, who continue to fight, go on marches, write letters, join societies and wildlife charities or seek employment or volunteer in conservation. We are passionate, we will stand up and be counted, and we will win the fight.
This is where we have our say on what we have been doing, what we want to do, what new products we may be introducing, and more often, having a bit of a rant about the Government, plastic, fracking......you name it.
Well as I write we are in the middle of what the Europeans call Summer and what we here in Albion refer to as a heatwave! However, it is many weeks since we here in Sussex have had even a drop of rain and to be honest it is getting a tad worrying! To save water I am saving washing up water to pour on my ornamental plants, and this is fine as I use eco-friendly washing up liquid, and save the pure water for my edible crops. Mulching after watering is a good idea too, to stop evaporation. Spare a thought for our wildlife who have no taps to get water from. If you can put fresh water daily in birdbaths, the birds will be grateful as they need to be able to bathe to maintain their feathers, as well as drink the water, and putting bowls of water on the ground could be the difference between life and death for badgers, deer, foxes and of course hedgehogs.
If you grow comfrey, it makes a fantastic tomatoe feed, or indeed a feed for all vegetables. Cut it down and chop it up a bit leaving in a bucket of water for a few weeks until it goes black and smelly. Then dilute and feed your veggies!