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April Bird Highlights By Vince Lea

Most birdwatchers will tell you their favourite seasons are autumn and spring, as migration means birds can turn up in unusual out of the way places at any time. The autumn is somewhat more productive for quantity and variety of birds, because all the young birds of the year swell the numbers around, and of … Continue reading

Spring things by Vince Lea

One of the great wonders of Spring is seeing a long-tailed Tit nest, this is possibly the most elaborate nest of any British bird. The main body is made of moss, held together with spider webs so it is stretchy when the chicks start to grow. They build it like a rugby ball shape with … Continue reading

Wotter surprise! by Vince Lea

The Countryside Restoration Trust has spent several years trapping Mink out of the rivers around Lark Rise Farm, in an effort to eradicate this American invader and to reverse the decline of the Water Vole, which are severely impacted by mink predation. We use Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust mink rafts which float in the … Continue reading

Big Farmland Bird Count on the Old Land at Lark Rise Farm by Vince Lea

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust have established a great scheme for farms to explore their winter bird populations, the Big Farmland Bird Count. For details see This takes place in the second week of February and only requires a half-hour count to get a representative picture of the birds on the farm, and … Continue reading

The CRT celebrates receiving a grant for £2,000 from the Ridgeons Family Charity Fund to restore a meander loop in Bourn brook.

Approximately 30 years ago a ‘by-pass’ was added to the Bourn brook in Cambridgeshire as it was believed it would help the river flow. This has recently proved to be incorrect and instead increases flood risk downstream. The CRT was, awarded a grant for £2,000 from the Rigdeons Family Charity Fund to restore the meander … Continue reading