My name is Tara and I help run a caravan park and campsite nr Glastonbury in Somerset. We'd love to have a bird / wildlife survey done on our park and surrounding fields and farmland, but don't have the time or the knowledge, so were wondering if there are any local enthusiasts who would like to do it for us.
Here's a bit about us:
The Old Oaks Touring Park is a 5 star caravan touring park and campsite (exclusively for adults) located in the heart of the beautiful Somerset countryside. We're passionate about all types of wildlife and try to create habitats that will encourage all manner of birdlife.
We're proud to have received the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award for the past 11 years and just last week Chris Sperring from Somerset Wildlife Trust presented us with a barn owl box under the Community Barn Owl Project.
Some of our feathered friends making regular appearances are chaffinchs, goldfinches, swallows, martins, sparrows and robins. Springtime brings the sound of the woodpecker, often heard in the ancient trees, Gog and Magog, which are situated at the top of the site. Other birds sighted are tawny owls, buzzards and kingfishers.
Down at the on site pond, you'll always find our resident ducks and ducklings in the spring, who are also partial to a stroll around the park, hoping to seek out those guests who will throw them a few scraps.
We're also privileged to be close to the Somerset Nature Reserves (Hall Wall & Shapwick), home to the famous and spectacular starling murmurations.
If anyone is interested, please reply to this post or email Tara - firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that we've discovered this forum, we hope to be regular contributors of bird sightings and news.
Tara WhiteThe Old Oaks Touring Parkwww.theoldoaks.co.uk
To far away for us to get involved Tara but it is a great sounding project and I am sure someone will offer to help.You may have to pay them though,us birders love our tea and cakes
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
SeamanYou may have to pay them though,us birders love our tea and cakes
Oooh pity i'm not close i would have done it for tea and cake lol..
welcome to the forum Tara
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Tea and cake (home made of course) sounds like a good exchange for some birding!
There must be someone willing to do this.
Think your best bet is to look at the site on net "Somerset Ornothological Society"and either post on there Sightings board or contact secretary to do it for you,there are lots of bird lovers go on there that are local to you as Ham Wall and other reserves are close to you.If you cannot get in touch with them will give you further help.
It would have to be Carrot Cake for me!
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Thanks for the feedback Sooty. Will certainly do that as well.
I do a mean carrot cake Graham. Many of my customers tell me it's the best they've tried!