Workshop wildlife!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here`s Alfred(a), a regular visitor to the workshop during may and june, collecting up bugs and spiders to feed the little great tits shown below.

Nice wings!

This family of Great Tits were in a nest box just above the workshop All these successfully fledged on June 6th several days after this photo.

This Greater Spotted  Woodpecker nested just down the river, the young woodpecker here sticking its head out the hole was very noisy calling for food.

Fairly common here along with the Green Woodpecker and rumours of the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker too.

Not the same bird but a much clearer photo of a Greater Spotted woodpecker I managed to take in Norfolk.
More regular visitors to the area, but only once in the workshop after they realised there was nothing edible for them.
These are two of the five ducklings which the mother regularly led up from the river, growing very quickly.

One of the Signal crayfish found in the stream behind the workshop, an invasive species which is rapidly killing off our native White clawed crayfish.

It is illegal to put these in the river so once Id fished it out the options were either a heavy boot or the cooking pot, Shown left cooked, the shells turn very red once cooked. Not a lot of meat but if you had a few more it would make a good meal.

 

This I think is one of the very few creatures that you can fish out and eat as much as you like and not be having a negative effect on the ecosystem. You do need a licence to trap them and certainly do not touch the native species if you are lucky enough to see any.