Blog post by Gert Corfield
Through the RSPB’s Volunteer & Farmer Alliance initiative Gert has been surveying the birds on the farm for the last few years. Gert continues to keep a check on the species visiting and breeding on the farm to help gauge the success of the environmental improvements being carried out.
It’s been a long summer and the results are clear to see in the hedges. There are lots of berries in the hedges on the farm at present. Sloe’s, Hawes and the beautiful pink and orange of the Spindle amongst others.
So we’re ready for the winter Thrushes. Redwings have arrived, Blackbirds and Song Thrush numbers are increasing. The rattle of the Mistle Thrush gives its presence away and we eagerly await the arrival of the handsome Fieldfare. Any day now. And Sloe’s aren’t only benefiting the Thrushes.
The Blackthorn hedges which produce them on the farm are also managed for a very special Butterfly indeed. The Brown Hairstreak.
A visit from West Midlands Butterfly Conservation
Simon Primrose and Mike Williams from West Midlands Butterfly Conservation visited the farm yesterday to advise us on Blackthorn hedgerow management for the Brown Hairstreak butterfly. They have been monitoring the Brown Hairstreak on the farm, in 2014 counting over 100 eggs on one small area and identifying a potential assembly tree.