In between blogging and moderating forums i'm in the thick of answering all of the emails, calls and letters that come to the RSPB. We're a small team here in wildlife enquiries and we are generally busy all year round. However we have peak busy times and quiet spells just like any other job and we usually look forward to a chance to take stock, catch up and prepare for the next big effort as summer turns to autumn, I don't think we are going to get a chance this year! Why not I hear you say, well because there are loads of big issues going on such as these 3 below for a start!
We're also preparing ourselves for the onslaught of queries that occur every autumn which are pretty varied. From the lack of birds, which I covered in the last blog, to where to watch rutting deer, what migrants are doing, what can we do to help bring our birds back, to my favourite queries at this time of year, which shrubs to plant as autumn to winter is the best time to get out there and plant some bare rooted plants that will give nature a home for years to come!
What are your plans to help wildlife this autumn?
I have a tree stump and a thick log piece for the wood chewers. I have let whatever caterpillars denude my rose leaves and Berberis (pretty sure they are not sawfly but not 100% )-they look just a little like small tortoiseshell caterpillars but I've only seen one all year :(
I shall leave my dead Buddleia tree flowers for seed in the winter. Oh, and harvest some apples which I shall strew on my lawn for the Fieldfares and other thrushes much later.
Hopefully, that' s something. And I always put my chicken carcass out after I have jointed it, for the local foxy (I don't make soup or stock anymore)
Garden not suitable for nest boxes (sadly)
Very interesting Blog, thank you Ian.
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