The end of the year arrives (how did that happen?) with lots of activity at Pookchurch. The persistent trellising team have finished 5 of the 9 fields and are now in the southerly block. They’ll have a break before resuming in January. In the meantime, there are hedges to be trimmed and trees to be thinned. And while someone’s up there, we decided to install some new homes for bats and barn owls in the mature trees near the old barns. Thanks to Kevin Rodgers the tree surgeon, pictured wrestling with the barn owl nest box in a beautiful mature oak. We now have bat boxes for groups of summer visitors and also for smaller British bats. Thanks to The Ecology Partnership too, for their advice on the best boxes and where to put them. Next year we’ll go hunting for droppings! Well, someone will.