My Robins failed in their first attempt to raise a family, they built a nest in a bank of soil inside half a plastic bottle,this was at ground level and very vulnerable,the young were taken overnight by an unknown predator. Yesterday they took me to a new nest,they still favor ground nesting, this time in a black plant pot . I could just make out three very young chicks ,the parents were not phased by my presence and took worms from my hand to pass to their young,
We have been awaiting the first sighting of Fox cubs this year, unfortunately I discovered this sight on the allotments this morning ,I think they may have eaten something like a mouse or rat that had been poisoned.This is bad news as the Rabbit population is booming at the lower part of Tredegar.
An invasive weed has begun to appear on Tredegar,commonly and locally called Thanet Weed and as a plant known as Hoary Cress. It has become a problem all over the south of England on agricultural land, seedlings are kept under control by regular hoeing,mature plants should be completely removed or killed using glysophate, weedkiller do not compost as this will increase it’s germination.
There are about six pairs of Robins on Tredegar all very territorial, I have a couple on my plot but they also regard my house and garden as their territory.They have been around since last year and they raised seven chicks in two broods,they allowed me to get very close to the nest and took worms from my hand and passed them on to their young.So they have come to regard me as a friend and are always at my window first light,as of this week we have had the window open and they have decided to come in and find their own breakfast