Sunday, 20 January 2013


The CCG recently acquired a pair of Motion Sensor Cameras (or Trail-Cams) for our ongoing survey work in places like the Big Mound and the Nature Reserve at the Coastal Park. Obviously we cant be there 24hours a day so it will be incredibly useful to see what goes on in our absence, especially after the sun goes down. So last night Dougie set one of the cameras up in his garden just to try it out and make sure everything works etc, and when he got up this morning and checked it out he was absolutely ecstatic to see the results. On at least four occasions this stunning Fox had visited his garden and triggered the Trail-Cam, giving him these superb pictures. We are all delighted with the quality of the pictures and are extremely excited about what we might capture on camera when we start using them in the Coastal Park!


The snow arrived in force this week, finally giving January a real wintery look and feel! I know snow isn't popular with everybody, but I absolutely adore it. It just has a unique knack of making everything and everywhere look pretty, no matter where you are. I also really like the cold! Apparently this makes me weird but as usual I take that as a compliment. The Coastal Park has been particularly beautiful this past week, and its been real pleasure doing the feeders. The new bird table has been an absolute godsend for the local birds and the seed has been taking a hammering. I've observed nearly 20 different species taking advantage of the free meal on offer, including a small flock of gorgeous Fieldfares. Yesterday I put 10 small apples out on and around the table and on checking today every single one of them had been eaten! Its a lovely feeling knowing our hard work is being appreciated.

Saturday, 5 January 2013


This morning myself and John once again carried out extensive maintenance work in the Coastal Park, but this time we were joined by 10 other members of our Conservation Group! This was truly a massive help to us and we got tonnes of stuff done, both on the main Mound and also in the Nature Reserve. The work in the Reserve involved putting together a superb home-made bird table for the feeding area. It looks fantastic and should be a great addition to an already outstanding area.