Tuesday 11th June 2013
We have Sophie Holden helping us out at the Centre at the moment. She is a long standing volunteer who will be with us for most of the summer. Sophie is a born performer, and loves to engage with the public. This is something we are taking full advantage of.
We've had a few more disappointments this week, as we inspected our Indian Scops Owls in the Breeding Ground, and our Long-eared Owls in the Laybourne aviary in the Main Display. Both have failed to hatch any owlets so far. This appears to be a trend which is affecting other breeders as well, and can probably be attributed to the uncommonly cold spring we have just had.
I had a bit of a shock the other day, when I went down to the Breeding Ground to do my early morning stock check. Unbeknownst to me, Peter and Iona Frost Pennington were moving the breeding sow 'Bridget' to another enclosure. She was just walking past the gate when I opened it. Bridget must have seen this as her chance to make a bid for freedom, as she 'buffaloed' towards the gate. I quickly shut it. Bridget was, however, reading from a different agenda, as she proceeded to ram the gate with me behind it! Having said that, I think her attempts at opening the gate were only half hearted, as Peter and Iona were luring her into her enclosure with a bucket of grub. Half hearted though her attempts may have been, it still took all my strength to hold the gate. Had she really wanted to get out, there’s no way I could have stopped her! Having said all that, Bridget is actually very friendly. She just doesn’t know her own strength. Or, maybe she does!
I found another curiosity on the Cannon bank where the Herons feed. It is a very beautiful little flower, which I first came across around 10 years ago, and which at the time was identified as 'Three Cornered Link', but subsequent investigations have proven this to be wrong. I have included a few pictures of this beautiful little flower. I couldn’t find the leaf, but the flower only opens in the direct sunlight. Some of these photos were taken on an overcast day. If anybody can shed some light on this plant's identity, please click to E-mail me.
See you next week
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