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interesting. teagasc are an agriculture body, didn't know they'd get involved with a purely biodiversity initiative.

i would be curious about whether there are conditions of the grants being awarded, such as thinning, etc.
Huh. Yeah, that's a good point. I suppose I didn't go into the why part of things all that much. I should probably ask the question. I got the impression they just wanted forest established, nothing more than that.

There are conditions, they are specific in the trees they want planted and they come back after... I think four or five years to check that the forest actually did establish. You have to get the tree man to come and look over the land, and he sets out what bits are eligible. Like if you have really scrubby rocky stuff which he believes wouldn't hold a population of trees you won't get that area included in your acreage.

 

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that's an amazingly exposed nest. suprised they haven't been picked off?
It might not be as exposed as it looks in the photos. I have this kind of free standing set of shelves I rack houseplants onto for the summer. They made the next on top of one of those plants, but it's kind of covered by the shelf above. It's exposed when I'm standing next to it, but you'd have to be in there to see I think.

It's still a mystery where all the bits of shell go.
 

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DO they eat them for calcium?
I was wondering that. It's not the most... I dunno... palatable? Their little beaks crunching up shell?

It's not like there's one or two pieces left over either. It's gone, I can't see a trace of anything anywhere, so if they are eating it, it must be absolutely delicious. The logistics of choking down that volume of shell is hard for me to get my head around.
 

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the parents remove them from the nest. they remove baby bird shit from the nest too.
They definitely do remove the poo. I've seen this first hand. The baby bird poo comes in little sachets, all packaged up for removal, then mama birds flies off and dumps it.
 

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