Friday, 2 March 2012
March did not come in like a lion, and hopefully will stay pretty lamblike all the way through, in fact it crept in quietly and dignifiedly, with a heavy mist all over the countryside until about midday, when finally the sun came out. It has been the most glorious weather, and unseasonally warm, but great to be out in. It’s been a busy week, we had a visit to Cardiff University on Tuesday, Linda, Holly and I went to see Hayley and the team who have been doing a project with us for their exams, they have been working on social media and came up with a first class report, it was an interesting morning. Then ironically we had a PR meeting organised here that evening, which also went very well and everyone came up with some good ideas, some of which have already been put in place, my team here don’t let the grass grow under their feet for long. We now have the basis for a Sponsorship Tree, which is going to be rather special. Holly stole the idea from Twycross Zoo and John has put it into practice. The silhouettes of some of the birds are now on the back of Mozart’s aviary and look excellent, now I have to do some artwork for them, just have to remember how Drawplus works. That is one of the problems with software, unless you use it very regularly you forget what you managed to learn about it. The Hawk Walk extensions are just about finished, and looking very good.

The hedge at the bottom of the field is all down and cleared, the stumps will sprout over the next year and then we will lay it in probably three years and it will look super. It really has opened up the field. Mike came and did the final tidying with the digger, so the wood is looking great, and the hedge-line and the back of the pond just wonderful.

The new White-tailed Sea-eagle is coming on a treat, she is very well mannered and already on demonstration. SideWinder (Burrowing Owl) is coming back into work, as is Pan, and Delectable, although she is not behaving as we would like as yet! Sadly we lost the African Fish Eagle Eggs, but I am hoping that they have taken the baby Tawny Eagle and will rear it for us, which would be perfect if they will, its always a stressful time for Simon putting babies back with unknown parents, so fingers crossed.

Wednesday we all went to Sally’s for her birthday, at it is on February 29th she is now 12 years old!! I had to take Leaf, who was completely unphased by the whole thing and had a whale of a time particularly when she discovered the beanbag seat, which she thought was perfect. Then on Thursday we had a bird staff meeting, for which I have to do the minutes, but today has been manic. I had a meeting with Lynda about the Gladiator Weekend we are going to do in August, then Anna the girl who has bought Mollie came and we boxed her up and I took her to her new home. Flew a few birds, had another meeting about a boiler, flew the rest of the birds, checked all gates were shut and helped Richard load his trailer with logs and then did the ironing!! So I have a ton of office work to do and I am going out tomorrow morning for three hours!! I am going to have to get it all done soon.

Next project is the IZone!! The refurbish of the Education Room now to be called the IZone, the ceiling is first, that is going to happen the week after next, then things start to move on, so the Education Room is now closed for about six weeks as we get it done.

The wild daffodils are coming out and the wild birds have been singing away all week, spring is such a special time.

Oh and I know the Mozart Chapter was wrong – its been fixed!



I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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