Strimmers, Students, Speedwell and Stroopwafel!

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

At last, a lull in the rain meant that the strimmers could be used to tidy around pathways and net rides. Ken and Eddy worked hard all day to get on top of this huge task.


The main task for the morning was continuing the edging along a path in the woodland. As you can see volunteers were thin on the ground here (butterfly transects, flower identification and wildlife filming as well as strimming all taking place too) but Jack perservered and worked hard all day to break the back of the job. Wise old Gem the Border Terrier was happy to supervise! Here is Jack cutting some pegs to hold the logs in place.

Jack's path

Students from the Dales School joined in before lunch and hammered some of the pegs into place. They also felled small sycamore trees and gathered suitable logs.

Helping out

Several owl pellets were found adjacent to the path (possibly from the eco club Tawny Owl in the nearby box).

Owl pellets

By the end of the day the path was looking very inviting, it will be finished later in the week and maybe next year the winter forestry work to remove damaged sycamores may provide a layer of woodchippings to complete the look!

Almost there

Back at the Field Centre, the debate about Slender Speedwell continued!

Flower id

Bluebells are dotted about the whole reserve but those on the Bluebell bank at the top of the woodland are just beginning to flower. The area is packed with them and will no doubt be a fantastic display over the next week or two.

Bluebell bank

The Early Purple Orchids are out already and the strimming of brambles at the end of last year seems to have paid off there too.

Early Purple

Oh and the Stroopwafels? Well it is Hilde's birthday and she shared some delicious dutch syrup waffles, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hilde!

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