Storm Eunice gave the Estate a real shock with winds gusting to 70mph and possibly greater at times.
Unfortunately several of our wonderful mature trees were amongst the casualties. A very sad sight to see these fallen giants. The broken root systems give an idea of the stresses that they are under. Where possible some of the timber will remain and provide homes for various creatures. The Estate team have been busy planting hundreds of new trees and hedging plants hopefully they will provide pleasure for future generations.
Numerous birds have been busy enjoying the worms on the grassland and it is good to see Blackheaded gulls in their winter plumage amongst the dominant Herring gulls. One of the Ravens did a flypast over our garden and it was good to see such a magnificent bird at close quarters we wait to see if they nest in the park.
Some of the vast stacks of timber in the wood yard have been converted to wood chips to provide heating for the main house and adjacent properties.
The spring flowers are beginning to show and daffodils can even be found on the river banks probably as a result of previous floods. Little Egrets have been seen and are now regular visitors on the wet areas making a change from the usual Grey Herons.
As spring advances the bird activity will increase as they compete for territory and nesting sites so I must put up the remaining bird boxes to avoid a housing crisis!
Once again thank you to those vigilant folk who help to watch over this wonderful environment.