Friday, 11 April 2008

“Wales has an amazing diversity of wildlife and ..

First Minister Rhodri Morgan has paid a visit to the Red Kite Feeding Centre at Gigrin Farm in Mid Wales to see how we are preparing for the forthcoming season.

Rhodri Morgan said: “Wales has a great range of quality visitor attractions and a wide variety of options for days out and the Easter break presents a great opportunity for people to get out and about and discover what Wales has to offer.

“Wales has an amazing diversity of wildlife and the sight of so many red kites circling above the farm and then swooping from the skies for their daily feed was certainly impressive and a truly unique experience."

Jimmy Doherty of the BBC programme "Jimmies Farm" dropped in on Saturday together with film crew. Jimmy fed the kites - if in an unorthodox way. Rather that the food being thrown in an arc Jimmy chose to shovel the meat in heaps and kick the food to spread it on the field..

The gentleman in the suit, outside our Red kite Interpretative Centre, is the Mayor of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. The town of Llanwrtyd Wells is twinned with Cesky Krumlov and on a visit to the area, having previously viewed this web site, the Mayor had requested that a visit to Gigrin was included in his itinerary.

So, as can be seen above, last week was a very interesting one! We've now had the bill for the vet having visited to decide on whether we need a licence to transmit video from the rehabilitation centre - in excess of £300 - not bad for 1/2 an hours work, and we are still waiting for the decision on the licence!

A big thank-you to Onduline Ltd as they have kindly donated replacement sheeting for the entire roof of one of our 50ft hides. Snow last winter showed up a major fault in the roof - not enough timber had been used by the constructors so without support the sheeting had given under the weight of snow.
Onduline had sponsored the original roof so they are being very generous in doing it all over again. The sheeting lasts up to 25 years in normal circumstances and is ideal for the hides as it doesn't need painting, deadens the sound of rain or hail, and has high insulation properties. Our current builder knows what to do and work should commence next week.

I'll not be on the scene for the next 7 days so, as happened in January, family and friends are rallying around to keep everything running in my absence - I'm taking a laptop so urgent emails will still be answered, and the photographic hide bookings will still be taken.

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