Pittencrieff Park Ranger Update Summer 2018

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Published: Wednesday 23 May 2018 by Fife Council

Pittencrieff Park Ranger Update Summer 2018

The cherry blossom is out and wildlife is getting busy ahead of the summer months.

Birds are busy feeding chicks so can be seen out foraging.  Please do not disturb any nests that you may find (this is a crime and can cause adult birds to desert their offspring) and leave any chicks you may find on the ground well alone (please also keep children and pets away from them too).

If you do want to feed the birds please only offer them appropriate food such as:

Wild bird seed mixes

Mealworms

Peanuts (without any salt or other flavourings)

The following items are unsuitable and therefore SHOULD NOT be offered:

Bread – it’s not good for the digestive system of birds

Dry rice – it expands in the animals’ stomachs and can cause illness and severe digestive issues

ANY processed foods such as crisps, pizza, takeaways etc because they contain additives and in particular salt which is not good for any wild animals.  It may sound odd but I have seen evidence of all of these being offered to wildlife in the Glen!  Aside from causing issues for the wildlife leaving a lot of food waste lying around encourages greater numbers of pest species (such as rats and grey squirrels) and during warmer months maggots and flies.  It can also cause problems for dogs that might come along and eat the food waste left behind.  Finally rotting food is not something we want being left all over the Glen – in some cases it needs to cleared away by parks staff and is unpleasant for anyone visiting the park.  Save food waste for your composters!

In the Glassroom seeds are planted…

Pittencrieff Primary School have planted the sunflower seeds, peanuts and grains for making our very own bird food.  Now we have the ongoing job of keeping the beds watered (using recycled rainwater!) through the warm summer months.

Over in the Kitchen Garden

Root vegetables have now been planted out by Camdean Primary School and the beds are being well attended to by volunteers.  The hot, dry weather during spring has probably slowed the growth so a little bit of rain would be welcome!

Next month:

Summer holiday ranger led events are being planned and will be advertised soon.

With the Tower Burn water levels low we can remove any litter built up there.

Final landscaping works to be completed at the North Lodge Wildlife Garden and then I can finish the planting and recruit volunteers to help look after the area.

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