The first week of February saw a number of volunteers build a dead hedge around the new woodland bird feeding station - to restrict cats and dogs accessing the site, as well as providing shelter and foraging habitat for the birds. The viewing screen was also given a fresh coat of wood stain to preserve it and enable it to blend in with it's surroundings.
Sunday February 4th saw 9 volunteers add an extra section to the viewing screen (due to the unprecedented number of visitors who have been using it), build a bench from spare materials, finish the dead hedge and add another feeding pole.
Thursday February 8th saw 5 volunteers add the pièce de résistance - a custom built, squirrel and vandal proof feeding table - mounted on a cut down telegraph pole donated by SSE. The viewing slots were also adjusted following visitor feedback for increased comfort of use.
The project has been a massive success, with large numbers of birds attracted to the feeders, including the following species: Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Siskin, Goldcrest, Blackbird, Dunnock, House Sparrow and Robin.
Our efforts have generated significant local interest, with articles in the Farnham Diary and the Surrey & Hants News. We also publicised our project at the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust's AGM in Sandhurst.
Look out for more exciting project updates soon.