Self Isolation Projects

My idea of Easter holidays was to go around and show people the DNOMD (see: https://dnomd.com for info on project) project that I had helped set up. As a result from COVID-19 the project has been cancelled but there is a possibility it will start up again when safe to do so. It was through funding we managed to start it off and it was only meant to last a few months but with the feedback we got we felt it could be a permanent running project. The only barrier stopping us from doing that is time and enough volunteers to keep it going. The three project leaders (including myself) are all teenagers so with next years schoolwork we will be very busy and don’t know if we will be able too keep it going. We will keep everyone updated!

We have had to cancel nest monitoring at our local park to keep everyone safe. See https://friendsoflinnpark.com for more info on our nest monitoring. We do however have 15 boxes up in a housing estate which two residents are monitoring as the boxes are all in their grounds and they don’t make contact with people and can do it as part of their hours exercise so I’ll be busy uploading their records!

Anyway since self isolation started a few projects have risen. I’m going to redesign my garden a bit because there is too much cut grass and it’s not as wildlife friendly as it could be whilst still keeping my family happy. I’ll be doing a separate post with before and after images but i’ve already started working on the extension of the frog pond.

Just before Self Isolation started I managed to get 10 lengths of wood delivered which is enough to make about 40 bird boxes. In a few days I had it all cut and every box assembled. This time I sold boxes for £15 with £5 going towards the NHS to buy protective equipment. The way it worked was I would only deliver to people in my area so that I could leave a box at peoples front door (non contact) as part of my daily exercise. People would either do a bank transfer for money or leave an envelope out. Some people came past and picked up their own box.

More ideas will pop up but for now that’s what I have planned and have done!

Stay Safe

Mike

Photography Writing Piece (ROL Cruise)

Unfortunately I have not had the time to write a blog recently as I’ve been very busy. I just thought I would quickly mention a writing piece that I wrote for ROL Cruise. See them here: https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/

You can see my writing piece and others on this page here: https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/blog/top-wildlife-photography-tips-for-beginners

The page has loads of great photographers telling people some top tips for wildlife photography beginners!

(I will be posting frequently again once I’m finished making wildlife boxes and other work!)

Nest Box Support!

You might know that in Linn Park there are 40 bird boxes! Well Friends of Linn Park have just been supported even further by Travis Perkins (Muirend) allowing us to double that number! The local merchant gave Friends of Linn Park an absolutely amazing deal meaning more wildlife homes around Linn Park and the local area. We cannot thank them enough and we would highly recommend them as their wood is FSC approved and very competitively priced.

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People’s Walk For Wildlife

As i’m sure lots of you are aware, there will be a walk for wildlife in Hyde Park, London on the 22nd of September. Many people are gathering to show their support for wildlife and to try and get the government to do more for our wildlife.

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Ptarmigan!

Blog #26

Today was absolutely one of my wildlife highlights so far this year! My Dad and I were up at 7:30am, in the Scottish Highlands for noon and watching 17 Ptarmigan up a mountain in the early afternoon!  Despite living in Scotland and making regular trips up north over the last 3 years in particular, I’d never actually managed to see one; although frustratingly I’d heard them!!

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