Matt Somerville (that's him in the white beekeepers hat, veil and smock), of Bee Kind Hives, came to UWNR to inspect the wild bee hive we installed in early May - the results were astonishing! To read more about this remarkable moment at UWNR, please click on the 'Read More' tab below and scroll to the bottom of the page....
Guided by ecologists Gareth Harris & Lisa Wade, inspired by Isabella Tree and working with Jack & Harry (in the picture above), last Monday (July 23rd) we constructed this Ecomimicking Beaver Dam in an appropriate section of the main stream, which runs east - west, through UWNR.
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After the death of a Barn Owl at UWNR, during the last 'Beast from the East' weather event in March 2018, I have been thinking long and hard about how we can lessen the chances of this happening in winter 2018 / 2019.
I am 1/2 way through Jeff R Martin's informative and detailed 'The Barn Owl, Guardian of the Countryside'. He points out before WW2 most mixed farms in Britain had a resident pair of Barn Owls - in sum, they were very common. What changed, with the agri-business revolution, was a move away from this traditional farming system, with its late harvest hay, open grain barns & extensive grazing of fields, with mixed grasses and flowers. A result of this historical type of farming was high numbers of small mammals - key prey species of Barn Owls.
.What we are attempting to achieve with these food (mixed grain) hoppers, which will placed in & around the Barn Owl fields, is a significant boost to the small mammal population at UWRN. If we can keep numbers high, as winter sets in, we have a good chance of sustaining our Barn Owls at UWNR, through to spring and breeding in 2019.