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Has Spring Sprung?

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What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time we were battling the Beast from the East which lasted about 2 weeks, we were blocked in here as the snow was just drifting across our road and as it was blowing directly from the coast the snowploughs just couldn’t keep it clear and safe. The drifts were above the hedges and the landscape looked very pretty but oh so cold and rather dangerous too. We braved the snow in the 4x4 pickup to feed the birds down the fields and I tried to video it but the wind was blowing so strongly it was almost impossible. The birds flocked from all over where they had been seeking shelter in the hedges and I’m sure they were almost starving poor things. Chris walked and poured bird food from the bags & the birds just swooped in almost over his head...
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Cover Girl

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What a lovely surprise to find out that Robyn is the cover photo for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution’s Winter edition of their magazine, using the photo I took on my iPhone.  It was taken outside our house when we took some pictures to promote our Wild Bird Food & for a bit of a laugh before she went back to University for her 3 rd Year. The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a long-standing agricultural charity and the work they do, without shouting about it at all, is amazing. It’s mainly used to support the countryside, farmers and their families as well as all things rural. We needed them to confirm that Robyn lives in a rural location and isn’t able to drive to support her application for her Personal Independence Payments for her epilepsy.  This money isn’t a lot, but as we don’t live on any bus routes...
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Coming and going?

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Migration isn’t just about birds moving continents, did you know that some birds migrate vertically – this means that they might move from uplands to milder lowlands for the Winter where food is more plentiful e.g. skylarks, meadow pipits and snow buntings. Even the Blackbirds we see in our gardens in January might be visiting from Eastern Europe. The most famous birds that most people know of that migrate are swallows who fly  to Africa for the winter and there are birds that  only winter here including lots of types of ducks and geese, fieldfares, redwings and whooper swans. The birds that stay here for the winter need our help and here’s a few for you to look out for on your feeder, bird table or in your garden. Number one is the robin, recently voted Britain’s national bird, a special favourite here as it’s our daughter’s name too; different spelling...
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