The Tredegar shop is now trading again ,we have many items in stock to prepare for the new growing season including soil conditioners and fertiliser . We purchase in bulk from a reputable local supplier so prices are very low for quality products an can be weighed to any amount required. New in this year is potato fertiliser which following last years wet weather will replenish nutrients in your soil ready for your new crop. Please note this shop relies solely on volunteers who give up their own time at weekends and could not function without them.Opening times are from 11.00 till 13.00 Saturday and Sundays
REMEMBER ANY PROFIT GOES INTO YOUR ALLOTMENT SOCIETY
Despite it’s late arrival this years calender raised over £250. We gave some as gifts to our friends and benefactors including Dartford Council, Kent Wildlife Trust and The Scout Association all of whom sent messages of thanks. The money will be used solely for future projects on Tredegar. Some calenders can still be purchased at the shop at weekends at the sale price of £1.
Anyone who works a plot at Tredegar will have noticed a little Robin in close proximity waiting for any disturbance of the soil for a free meal. In the past three years the Robins have come to regard me as part of the wildlife and see me as no threat, I spent nearly every day last winter and spring observing a family of Foxes from a hide . I often found myself sharing the hide with at least one Robin and as many as four when the young birds left the nest.
I have placed over twenty nest boxes around the allotments over the three years, two especially for Robins and last spring a pair nested in the one beside my shed and raised two broods, one of four chicks and the second of three. The parent birds actually trusted me enough to feed them meal worms on the nest, this was an amazing experience and has resulted in many birds following me around the allotments knowing I always have a supply of meal worms in pocket. I have placed an additional three nest boxes around the allotments this winter and have already noticed Robins investigating them. They are very territorial and aggressive to each other even if related so all the boxes have been placed well apart, in all I estimate there are about eight Robins on the site, two have stayed as a pair since last summer I think these are the parent birds of last year as they do tolerate one other bird which I think was one of their young.
These are the two birds that follow me home and wait at my window to be fed in the morning, towards the end of spring last year two male Blackbirds began to cotton on to my supply of food and to feed from my hand,one turns up at my back door and will come in to the conservatory if the door is open.
Seeking shelter on a wet day.
One of the first
Hovering for a second worm
Sad face or a mustache?
Nest box ?
Come and see me if you want to feed a Robin
No time to stop
Fish not on the menu
Singing for a mate
Sizing up lunch
Nice to meet you Leo
Watch the birdie
Flying through Red Campion
Single Black-cap spotted on Tredegar
February 1st, anyone visiting Tredegar this weekend make sure you take your wellies,the car park area is a series of large puddles not helped by someones noble attempt to create a walkway with wood chips but this has only created a dam preventing drain off into the grass area this will have to be cleared when I have a couple of hours. As you can see by the photos most plots were water logged today but the site has very good drainage due to its height above the railway lines. Bulbs are sprouting and on the pond site dwarf Iris’s are in bloom that is the earliest in 3 years of planting. The mild weather is helping the wildlife I followed a Green woodpecker around the plots it was finding plenty of food as it mainly feeds on the ground despite its name, I have been trying to get a good photo for a long time but it is a very cautious bird and you really need a hide, hence the poor photo. The other woodpecker on the site the Great spotted has taken offence at his carved image an pecked it’s beak off as the photo shows.
Wood chip dam
Car park pond
Some plots at bottom are waterlogged
Wooden Woodpecker minus beak
Anyone need some water
Elusive Green wood pecker
Wet Wet Wet