We all potted some daffodil bulbs to take home ready for the spring. We each took 2 pots home, one for ourselves & another which we will kindly donate to an elderly neighbour or family member to spread some festive cheer!
After the sudden snow last month, we're pleased to announce our bees are happy and healthy waiting for the summer sun to make an appearance. With the winter months being over we've removed the mouse guard as they'll no longer be looking to nest in the warm hive and we've given our bees another packet of fondant to get through.
Our New Site
With guidance from wildlife organisations, we have created a wildlife friendly environment at this rural site. This includes erecting bat boxes, owl boxes and various styles of bird boxes.
We have multiple bird feeding stations providing additional food sources which are invaluable during the harsh winter months and the breeding season.
See below the image of a tawny owl successfully hatching chicks in one of our owl boxes on site.
We have maintained hedgerows and provided wildlife friendly areas to encourage butterflies and other insects to dwell.
We have sown native meadow flowers in our verges and do not cut these until late in the season in order to provide further habitats for insects, birds and small mammals.
In 2017 a project to build a large wildlife pool within the field of native flowers and grasses was undertaken, see below the creation of the wildlife pond:
Now firmly established, this pool attracts a new range of insect species such as dragonflies, mayflies and damselflies, as well as providing an additional water source for other wildlife.
Our wildlife pond provides a Winter haven for a multitude of animals and plants. Some species of Frog for example over winter in ponds and many larvae stay active below the surface and of course the pond provides a water source for many wild birds during icy weather.
During the summer 2020, we also created a traditional native wild flower meadow on site
As part of our on-going carbon offset goals we annually plant native broad leaf trees on our site with the added benefit these have to the local environment. We have deliberately added fruit trees to these plantings which helps provide a valuable food source especially to birds at the on-set of the winter, as well as providing a healthy snack for our staff.
In 2019, we also erected some insect hotels on site, by encouraging biodiversity it helps to increase ecosystem productivity.
Some members of the SciQuip team also worked together to plant native hedgerows on site. The hedges provide benefits for us and the wildlife that live on site. They have the natural ability to capture pollution, reduce noise, mitigate flooding and provide food and shelter to wildlife.
Wild Bird Visitors
Following on from our efforts to attract wildlife we have recorded 55 different species visiting the site. Some of these are common garden birds, but we have had a few surprises too!
Common Garden Birds:
- Blue tit
- Coal tit
- Collard dove
- Gold crest
- Gray Wagtail
- Great spotted woodpecker
- Great tit
- House sparrow
- Long tailed tit
- Willow tit
- Wood pigeon
Common Rural Birds:
- Field fare
- Barn Owl
- House Martin
- Little Owl
- Pied wagtail
- Red wing
- Red-leg partridge
- Reed bunting
- Song thrush
- Sparrow hawk
- Tawny owl
- Tree Creeper