A Busy Thursday in the Sun

Friday, April 10th 2015

Yesterday we had a hardworking group of our volunteers,  who got through a variety of tasks. Mike and Tony spent the day completing some much needed maintenance on our fleet of mowers so they are fit and ready for the grass cutting season ahead.

The rest of us spent the day completing a number of other jobs. After giving the front garden a bit of a tidy up, we spread grass seed on the duck field by the lake. Much of the area has been water logged for the last few months but the sun over the last few days has helped to dry out the field, providing better conditions to help the grass grow. It has been exciting to see that even before the grass has grown the Greylag Geese, Mallard and Moorhens have already been using the field.

We then put some of the trees that we have left over from this year’s planting in our nursery so they are fit and well and ready to be planted in the autumn.

George and Tim Fothergill arrived to continue the work on the wildflower seed meadow in the area next to the tank park where once an army training skid pan existed. The volunteers helped hand pick any large stones that were in the ruts from the ploughing that had taken place last year and once the area was clear the heavy machinery moved in.

The area was ploughed again to give a smoother finish and then wildflower seeds were scattered and rolled in. In the past, the area was used to train army drivers in evasive driving techniques but now has been transformed. Hopefully, it will morph into a productive wild bird seed crop providing an attractive food source for many of the birds and beasties that reside on the reserve.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the work on the reserve yesterday, you did a fantastic job!

The sun continues to shine on Foxglove helping to attract over 230 visitors so far this week! There is a lot to see and do so we hope to see as many of you as possible over the weekend.
 


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