saving our skydancers – a blog about hen harriers

With Hen Harrier day just around the corner (7th August 2016), and to celebrate the launch of our latest RSPB charity T-Shirt “Harrier Potter and the Deathly Sparrows”, the RSPB have helped us with a guest blog to tell us a little more about these majestic creatures and how we can help save them.

Guest Blog by – Blánaid Denman, Project Manager, Hen Harrier LIFE+ Project

If I say ‘harrier’, most people think ‘jet’, few ever consider the bird the jet was named after – the hen harrier. Seldom seen but rarely forgotten, this beautiful bird of prey is an agile hunter and its acrobatic ‘skydancing’ courtship display is one of the most breathtaking spectacles in British nature.

Femail (sat tag) HH at Wallasea Wetlands 31-10-14 Trevor Oakley

Female Hen Harrier at Wallasea Wetlands taken by Trevor Oakley

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hero of the month – april 2016

Each month we are picking someone we feel deserves some recognition, be they an established celebrity, or more of a local celeb – We want to thank these everyday heroes for the things they have achieved.

This month we looked close to home and have picked Ron Morris from Weird Fish Head Office. Some of you may be familiar with Ron, he is not only a fantastic member of the Distribution Centre team, but in his own time he also co-created, and painstakingly maintains the Weird Fish Car Park Garden.

Ron barrow

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planting a spring hanging basket

Guest blog from Alasdair Urquhart, plant advisor at Haskins Garden Centres

“A well thought out hanging basket will lift any outdoor area, especially in spring. Here are some tips for creating one yourself and getting the best from it.” Alasdair Urquhart

1) Choose your basket.
Baskets come in all shapes and sizes, some even have a flat back that would be perfect for a wall mount. Choose one that suits your style. When hanging your basket, brackets and supports can be located on walls or sturdy garden frames, such as a pergola. Remember to position them so they are not a hazard to passing foot-traffic.

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giving nature a home with the rspb at weird fish

Some of you may be aware of our little garden, for those of you new to it, we shall explain.

WF garden

About 3 years ago Ron and Nick who work in our warehousing department took it upon themselves to make use of the dead space in our carpark. Filling it with flowers, plants and even fruits and veg. To read an interview with Nick and Ron you can view our blog from last year.

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