Hedges, Berries and Birds

Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole

October has nearly ended and with the temperature dropping everywhere, we’re soon to welcome some of our bird winter migrant visitors, Fieldfares, Redwings and if you’re lucky, Waxwings.

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Song Thrush In Full Voice

When these birds arrive they feed in the fields but also on the hawthorn berries in the hedgerows, especially when the ground freezes . Many of our resident birds also rely on hedgerow berries during the winter months, yellow hammers, thrushes, blackbirds, greenfinches, chaffinches, starlings and many others

Yellow Hammer Yellow Hammer

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Fortunately, hedge removal by farmers in the 1960’s has ended, and many farmers have replaced old hedgerows, vital not only for the birds, but insects, small mammals and some plants as well.

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The revival of the practice of hedge laying also aids wildlife by thickening up the base of the hedge. If hedges are left uncut they turn into trees and have bare ground beneath. In the first year or two the…

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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