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 and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats 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 am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

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!

Monday 14 January 2013

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch - 1000th post!

Ok this is IT, my 1000 th post on this blog ( cue drum roll!) http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/communityserver-discussions-components-files/3711/8371.BGBW-logo-2013-colour-small.jpg

I could have blogged about compost, or growing veg  or organics or hens, but I decided to blog about the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch as it is coming up very soon and is something very dear to me.

As the RSPB say
Helping garden wildlife is fun - and it couldn't be easier. Over the weekend of 26-27 January 2013, the RSPB would love you, your friends and family, to get involved in Big Garden Birdwatch - the world's largest wildlife survey!
As an activity that started life as something for our youth membership to do in winter, Big Garden Birdwatch has grown into fun for all the family. All you need to do is count the birds in your garden or a local park for one hour then tell us what you see.
If, like us, you love wildlife and want to do something to help, this is your chance to get involved in something that really counts.

We are really lucky here at Compost Mansions, we have a 3 glass sided porch which looks out onto the bird feeders so sitting there for an hour nets a lot of results!

Pleae join in - it is really good fun and is helpful in so many ways. The birds in the UK really need our help in this!


  1. I was really hoping to join in with this this year but we'll be away.
    I'm hoping to hear of all the birds spotted in blogland when I get back though :)


  2. We join in with this every year and usually in our garden the birds decide to go on holiday when we are about to do the count. Typical. Still we'll try again this year and hope they keep visiting us.

  3. I love your blog :) Very, very interesting :)

    I've only just started mine.

    I shall be joining in the garden birdwatch. I love watching what they all get up too :)

    have a great week.

  4. Great stuff!!
    Will count the birds on the plot :0)

  5. If this weather keeps up for the BGBW weekend I predict a lot of birds will be seen around bird feeders!


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