Ranger Update February 2018
Archived news: published on Wednesday 14 Feb 2018 by Fife Council
Pittencrieff Park Ranger Update February 2018
The snow and ice that dominated much of January continues into February which makes for some great photographs around the Glen however it also means that birds that live here have a slightly more difficult job to find enough food and shelter.
If you do want to feed the birds please only offer them appropriate food such as:
Wild bird seed mixes
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 the mulching continues…
I’ve got some of the seeds for planting already and just need to source grains.
Over in the Kitchen Garden
As yet we have no dates in mind for getting the planting beds dug over and any topsoil or manure added – this is mainly due to on and off snow and frozen ground! Completely normal for this time of year though.
We rely on dedicated volunteers to help with the maintenance of these beds throughout the summer (mainly watering and weeding). Lookout for opportunities to volunteer or put your name down to help look after our seedlings.
Myself and some willing volunteers will dig over all of the planting beds and add some of the compost available from the Fife Council Recycling Centres. Any outside work will be weather permitting of course – digging frozen ground is a little difficult! Date to be confirmed!
Volunteer Mini Recruitment session(s) – alongside existing volunteers I can give a bit of information about where we need help in the Glen and hopefully sign up some willing volunteers.
Contact Pittencrieff Park Team online