The annual twitch this week. Gorgeous weather but not many birds. In places it was eerily quiet – was it always like this? According to a government report I found, the wild bird population in the UK has declined by 7 percent since 1970. It’s significant but a lot less than I would have guesstimated. In the period 2010 to 2016, however, the population of farmland birds declined by nearly 10 percent to half their 1970 level, caused, in the main, by changes in farming practices. Woodland birds have declined by nearly a quarter since 1970. In contrast, the population of water birds is 44 percent higher than it was in 1970, so at least there’s something to celebrate. Overall though, the figures are depressing.
The garden beckoned again. I was so affected by the decline in the bird population that I decided to make a bug hotel; more bugs, more birds, I reckon. I don’t think it’s going to make much difference on a global
scale but it made me feel happier and it won’t do any harm. It wasn’t just any old bug hotel either. This bug hotel had a built-in hedgehog home: a wooden box with a hole just big enough for a hedgehog to crawl through and a tiny corridor to stop predators poking their noses into the bed chamber. Futile perhaps, but I know that we have had a hedgehog living in the garden, so who knows. Instead of hibernating in the greenhouse he (or she) might choose the new tailor-made accommodation instead.
I’ve also made a herb wall. That’s to say, I’ve nailed a few old plant pots to a discarded door. How well the herbs will grow remains to be seen.
What I’m Reading:
Firewall by Henning Mankel. The book is repetitive, Wallander is a miserable old so-and-so and it tells much more than it shows but I am really enjoying it. Figure that one out.
Things I’ve done this week that I’ve never done before:
- Made a bug hotel and a Hedgehog House.
- Made a herb wall.
Things I’ve done this week to save money:
- Fixed and old garden bench.
Things I’ve bought that I could do without:
- Sunday lunch.