Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun. To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!


Thursday, 1 May 2008

Hen Pheasant

Compostman has been cutting down the nettles around the edge of the fences recently and whilst strimming a huge clump on the very oldest compost heap...he startled a hen pheasant....and THIS is what she was sitting on.....



He had cut down most of a substantial nettle thicket, so the nest was now rather exposed. This was obviously a worry, so I put a small plastic table over the nest in the hope the hen would return and carry on sitting on her nest.
And she did!! She seems quite happy to be now sheltering under a child sized plastic table, rather than a nettle thicket!!

Oh and there are 20 eggs in there....I counted next time she was off the nest!

But she is still there now, sitting tight,

and the hens seem very interested in her also - they keep hanging around her table!

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