Saturday, 5 October 2013

Sly Fox

Fox finds buried food then flees from an approaching Badger, the Badger starts to feed but the sly Fox goes round the the back and sneaks up,(watch for the eyes) but is soon seen off.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Badgers Highway

I found a track that is used quite regularly by Badgers and foxes they move along it quickly so you only get a quick glimpse of them i need to make a feeding station to hold them for a while.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Bee Garden

This is the bottom end of the Allotments where we keep the bee hives or Apiary, its disused allotments that have been used as a scrap yard in the past as a result it can no longer be used to grow veg being contaminated with heavy metals mainly cadmium also oil, plastics, bonfire ash, bricks, plaster and general rubbish by the skip load.
Manchester Uni have been testing the soil and plants,they have a student doing a PhD growing veg in different soil treatments
We have been working clearing a patch of land to create a flower garden, mainly perennials and wild flowers the pics are how the garden look in late summer,the plants not yet all established but with more work and plants we should finish up with a beautiful botanic garden, slow going.
The aim of the garden is to help the honeybees bumblebees and other pollinating and beneficial insects which were in real trouble this summer with the wet cold weather,there is also a large patch of fodder plants for the larvae of Butterflies and Moths,so hopefully you will see more of the colourful ones next year.
Plants and seeds from the garden will be propagated for sale in the Society greenhouse and poly tunnel.

Ring-necked Parakeet

A Ring-necked Parakeet visited the Allotments today,it came down to feed on Bobs feeder's they have been    
spotted in Abbey Hey a few times over the last few months.

They are now on the list of  naturalised British birds the first pair recorded breeding wild in 1969

They are well adapted to cold weather and do not appear to suffer in hard winters

Feeding on buds fruit grains seeds and berries they will come down to bird feeders for peanuts and sunflower seeds.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Heron's Hunting

Heron on a shed roof.
  Two herons have been hunting round the allotments taking fish and frogs from allotment ponds.

 I hear they have been taking fish from garden ponds over a wide area.
Heron taking off.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Allotment Foxes

These are some of the foxes that roam the allotments at night. You will see their foot prints in the soil on your plot or holes where they have been digging for food, worms or beetles, or burying food to collect at a later date. Sometimes i find Goose eggs when digging my plot that have been buried by foxes.
There are three different individuals hear, we have seen them all before earlier in the year.One with a damaged or missing right ear,and another with only one eye.