Saturday 1st October 2011
The weather as you all know, has been glorious this week. This gave us the opportunity to tidy up the bottom path of the Breeding Ground. We have some resident pigs down there now. They are sometimes allowed to roam free in the walled garden to help keep the Japanese Knotweed down, although at the moment they are much more interested in the seasonal bonanza of windfall apples which have been accumulating over the past month. This can be quite ‘interesting’. As some of the apples start to ferment, causing the Breeding Ground to be full of ‘inebriated’ Pigs. I’m sure they are having a whale of a time. I had a porcine ‘escort’ all the way round the Breeding Ground last Saturday as I was doing the Breeding Ground feed.
The side effect of this is the fact that the pigs have helped to export a lot of mud from the middle onto the bottom path, meaning that a clean or a feed, down there involves wading through glutinous mud.
The good weather gave us the opportunity to dig/scrape it away, and allow the warm sun to dry the bottom path up.
The good weather window also reminded me how much we rely on sunshine to attract visitors to Muncaster. This week I have signed up 10 new members at MTB. I’m pretty sure it would have been less had the weather not been as clement.
On the bird side of things, we received a flight impaired Short-eared Owl and a Greyish Eagle Owl from the Cotswold Falconry Centre during the course of yesterday. The Short-eared Owl went to join the rest of the crew in the Laybourne Aviary, and the Greyish Eagle Owl joined the others in the Main Display. So far they appear to be settling in well.
See you next week.
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