Thursday, 16 March 2017
The new  staff room
Its been a busy time, the old stock room and the rooms upstairs are all now properly sorted out, new flooring in both upstairs and down stairs. The end room is Adam's office, the middle room a work room for anyone to use and we will still use it for teaching on the falconry courses, although not as much. The first room is now a neat and tidy stock room. Downstairs it has been divided into two rooms, one for Pink Jen for her office with the new admin person in there as well and easy access to the shop, the other a proper staff room with table, chairs, sofa, desk, computer and bookcase with raptor books. All looks great.
Daffodils in the Hawk Walk

We are revamping the cafe, Angela is only wanting to come in on a very few days, so Tess has taken over, we have to move to mainly stainless steel for working so the front half has now been done - took a lot of work from everyone, the new fridge was so heavy everyone had to help lift it into place and Rob and Alex went with Holly and Adam to collect it. The late evening tasks finished at 1.00am as we are open and so the cafe had to be up and running the next day!! No pressure! Thanks to Tess, Ian, Adam and Holly, for staying that late to finish up. It does look good and in the next week or so we will hit the back - again a late night.

Alex started officially yesterday so we are back up to five full time bird staff and Robin on part time, with one other to start in May on a seasonal contract but if all goes well we want to make it fulltime, bringing up back to where we were last January.

There have been comments about missing staff that leave, but with all due respect to all staff who have been and gone, actually we carry on very well and really do not have the time to miss anyone!! That is no reflection on the individuals but more a reflection on the fact that this is a well established (now 50 years old) centre and if we could not continue seamlessly we would not be doing our job. So we do!

Guess who is back on duty
The birds are going very well, the weather has been lovely, it is so nice to see spring in the air. The wild daffodils are out as are some of my primroses that survived the drought when I planted them. The hedge has been filled in with new plants and we have moved that very pretty cherry tree from the box in the carpark to the field and it is doing very well.

Many of the birds are on eggs and the season looks like being a good one. Here is hoping that we have great weather for Easter as we have lots of fun things for people to do over the holidays.

This beautiful animal now dead thanks to poachers
One incredibly sad note though, that beautiful male Rhino that we photographed in South Africa has just been poached. It completely defeats me as to just how vile humans can be. The bile farms in Thailand that keep bears in the most horrific conditions just to get bile from them, these people are sick they really are. That Rhino
was such a beautiful animal roaming around in South Africa and now some complete moron with no brains will have the horn, just for money. And please don't try and tell me that it is because the people who actually kill the rhinos are poor - crap - they are organised criminals with weaponry and equipment and they are the ones that should be shot, along with the end users.


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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