The was coming up the weekend after our fortnightly visit to . So a morning of light drizzle didn't dampen our spirits as we got ready to help our feathered friends.
We welcomed new families to our group, and introduced them to a few areas around this historic site.
Unsurprisingly, our main theme of the day was Birds.
We're also joining in with botanist and author Leif Bersweden's fun Twitter activity #couchto10mosses, so we searched the walls of the Fort.
They and fallen wood around the site are covered in many different mosses.
Back indoors, we held the session in the Officers' Mess, where some of the younger participants made a beeline for the Nature Table. This week it was covered with all manner of bird-related finds. including skulls, wings, feathers, nests and reference books.
Soon there was a hive of activity making bird feeders, both to take home - to join the weekend's- and to hang around the Fort's grounds.
Our Birders also created flapping birds on sticks, as well as making nests. It's not as easy as the birds make it look, so one family foraged outside like a bird to find thinner and more malleable twigs to use for their base.
There is such a lot of natural material to choose from - moss, fur, horse hair, pinecones, straw ...
We counted jackdaws, crows, pigeons, magpies and one of our group spotted some starlings. They are much easier to spot at this time of year without the cover of leaves in the trees. One of our eagle-eyed participants found a ladybird too.
It's so rewarding to see how much more interest and enthusiasm our Birders showed spotting birds after learning more about them.
Thanks as ever to our friends and supporters the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership and the Land Trust.
Wild with Wheels funding is provided through the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme from Defra and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, who are supporting access to nature in Kent.
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