Saturday, 30 April 2011


And it becomes apparent there are only two types of habitat out here. The yellow one is oilseed rape. The green one is wheat.
Having reduced biodiversity to zero, the crops are then bashed with insecticide. Well, I'm assuming that's not water being applied:
And today they mowed the set aside to ground level. What is the point of cutting a specially designated area of wild flower and plant growth in late April? Apart from that it now looks "tidier"? Somehow, some birds remain:
The Farmhouse Pond held a few Linnet and 2 Sedge Warbler.
While Grey Partridge, 3 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Corn Bunting were in North Field. Don't be impressed. The population density of these species is a fraction of what it could be in a less intensively farmed area. Up to 4 Lesser Whitethroats were in the main hedgerow:
Then, I'm just left with the Kites:

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