Net ride renovations and a trip to Strensall

Thursday, February 15th 2018

A small team of two continued on from where we left off on Tuesday by burning the mountain of brash that had been cut from net ride 25, while another team ventured off to Strensall to put up Owl boxes with Matt the Range Warden.

The weather wasn't on our side at all, with sporadic downpours of rain and hail interspersed by periods of calm with very little wind to stoke the fire. Thankfully the new gel-based firelighters we received yesterday really did the trick!

After a long day tending to the fire Peter managed to burn off the remaining brash by late afternoon, ready for a quick final tidy up on Tuesday.

We have now finished 5 of the 14 net rides that we aim to cut this year, so plenty more to crack on with!

While all of this was going on Tony, Adam and Matt had been very successful, fitting two Owl boxes; the one shown below being placed on the tower of the grenade range. 

We hope the tower, which is no longer used, will make a great home for many Barn Owls in the future.

The second Owl box was put up in one of the troop shelters and it replaced an old box.

Once back at Foxglove the team wasted no time in getting one of the Kestrel boxes put up by the Heath. 

Over recent weeks we have seen both the male and female Kestrel perched overlooking the area, on the hunt for small mammals and perhaps the odd frog or toad.

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