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Mourne Heritage Trust held a ‘build a bird feeder’ workshop on Saturday in conjunction with rspb Big Garden Bird watch. Both adults and children enjoyed getting messy by creating fat and bottle feeders. The fat feeders are easily made; by mixing lard, bird seed, bread crumbs, meal worms and sunflower seeds together and placing the mixture into recycled yogurt pots, scooped out oranges or around pinecones. These fat feeders can be hung in the garden ready for hungry birds to feed on. You can also fill an old plastic bottle with bird seed, add a few perches and a piece of string and hang it out in your garden. More detailed instructions can be found online at; https://www.activelifestyles.org/volunteering-activities/build-a-bird-feeder-instructions/
A completed bottle feeder.
After making our bird feeders we went out into the adjacent garden to record the birds that visit our garden for a total of one hour as part of Big Garden Birdwatch 2014. We saw a wide variety of species including; blue tits, chaffinches, coal tits, collared doves, robins and many more. The data collected will help monitor trends and understand how different birds are faring and so we can help those in danger.
Mourne heritage Trust will be holding numerous birding events throughout spring and summer including a dawn chorus morning. Keep an eye on our website www.activelifestyles and on our Facebook- mournelive for more details.
If you would like more information about volunteering with Mourne Heritage Trust please contact Cathryn Cochrane, Volunteer Coordinator- 02841765489 or [email protected]
On Saturday the Mourne Conservation Volunteers where at Dunnywater, Annalong Valley in Mourne Heritage Trust’s tree nursery.
We had a good turnout of volunteers, 14 in total to give our young oak saplings a wee bit of TLC. With over 4000 oak trees planted in our tree nursery four years ago which had become smothered in brambles and grasses. Equipped with secateurs and a thick pair of gloves the volunteers entered a jungle to clear the brambles in order to give the trees some breathing space.
Once the daylight had been restored to the base of the trees they were able to be dug up, bundled and temporally ‘heeled in’ before being planted out come spring time. Mourne Heritage Trust has secured over 60 acres of land for planting within the Mourne area as part of the ‘Trees for Mourne’ programme. Mourne Heritage Trust would like to thank all the volunteers for all their hard work. The Next MCV event is on Saturday 22nd February where our aim is to start planting out the saplings.