Our octet of happy volunteers took on the Tree Sparrow boxes at East Lea yesterday; quite easy: ladder against the tree, up the ladder, smash the lid off and clean it out. It got a little more sophisticated once Nick had been moved to other duties!

Some of the boxes have suffered from Squirrel attack and need new metal plates for the entrance holes, on their way from the RSPB shop.

More exciting was the erection of a new Little Owl box, bolted into an ash tree in the hedge not far from the East Lea hide. Mick Callaghan at the top of his game.

A glorious day, where the new island floated enticingly in the ice, Ian lost his hammer, some of us lost the will to live, but we’re all at it again next Tuesday and everyone is welcome.

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