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26th January, 2017

Dear all

January is a bit of a flat month after all the Christmas and New Year activity.  In the natural world however things carry on much as before, only it’s colder and wetter!

Time to think about your bird boxes for the coming season.  We will be putting ours up around the Environmental Youth Awards (EYA) stand at The Royal Bath and West Show.  This will allow the birds to go looking for accommodation early.  If you have new nest boxes they will also have a bit of time to ‘weather in’.  Don’t forget to clear out the old nesting material as well if you are checking older boxes.

Bug hotels will still be fully booked with customers still in residence, as will bat boxes.  It wont be long now until the evenings begin to open out and it starts to get lighter. Then all the animals and insects who have been in hibernation will begin to wake up.

Don’t let up on the bird tables just yet, your contribution to the food supply is still needed.  Have you managed to get a list of those birds who visited your table this year? I find it quite exciting when an unusual guest pays a visit.

Then there all the other things to start thinking about as spring approaches.  Compost bins will need to be emptied ready for another years re-stocking; planting schemes need to be gone through and maybe an environmental plan needs to be reviewed to make sure everyone is being as energy efficient as possible.

Lots to do and lots to think about.  We hope you like the photo of a very unusual looking creature that is not everything it appears to be!  Any ideas let us know here.

Whatever you are doing enjoy life.

Best wishes from the EYA Team

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