After attending the hedgerow basket-making course a few weeks ago I was today able to go along to my first meeting with local basketry group The Middle Earth Weavers. Today the group were making nesting baskets for Long Eared Owls, a project they have been working on with the Brewood Bird Ringers. You can read about it in more detail here on my friend Morgan’s blog.
Here are a few ‘in progress’ pics of my basket…
The baskets had to measure 30cm across and be no more than 15cm in height in order for them to be suitable for the owls to nest in.
My completed basket…! It was a little wonky in places but on the whole it turned out really well and I was really pleased that it was good enough to be added to the baskets being passed on to the bird ringing group.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of my finished basket! Also it is a pretty nice feeling to know that it may become home to breeding owls and their babies. Today another ten baskets were completed to go with the other ones made by the group at their January meeting. I can’t wait to find out if the owls move in to these lovely baskets and how they get on if they do!