Interactive Touchscreen and Worky Day

Saturday, December 6th 2014

Foxglove was a hive of activity today with the unveiling of our new interactive touchscreen and the December Worky Day. Volunteers and Friends assembled in the Field Centre as Colonel Mike Butterwick, Deputy Commander 4th Infantry Brigade, cut the ribbon and opened the touchscreen for public use.

Representatives of the council, who generously helped to fund this project and our Patron, Lord Zetland, also attended and enjoyed seeing Grace demonstrate the features of this fantastic educational resource. We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to this project over the past year; Simon and Jeff who have designed and written the software and content, Ruth and Elizabeth who have spent countless hours proof reading and developing the material, as well as the many volunteers who have contributed to the amazing library of pictures (not forgetting Ann who provided a splendid array of delicious homemade cakes).

Volunteers headed out to work after the excitement. A small group worked pollarding an overgrown net ride. This ride used to be one of the best on the reserve for catching Goldcrest; hopefully the ringers will see the benefits of the hard work over the coming months.

A second team continued in the coppice block clearing a large area and almost breaking through to the far side - the end of this massive task is almost in sight!

Invasive Silver Birch and Gorse were removed from an overgrown glade which should help ground flora to flourish during the spring.

Willow was coppiced and pollarded by the volunteers and many knowledgeable people have commented on how good the area is now looking and the consistent high standard of the work.  Well done everyone, you should all be very proud of the effort you put in and the difference you make to the reserve.

As always there was a fantastically jovial atmosphere – thank you everyone for making today such a success.

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