The Beast from the East

Wednesday, February 28th 2018

As always, the walk into work was a real treat this morning, and was made all the more special by the sheer volume of untouched snow and occasional animal tracks to decipher.

I had been woken up by messages from family and friends wanting me to share as many pictures as possible of my day, and who can blame them!

My first port of call was to go and see how the lads were faring. As it turns out they were doing pretty well, and feeding from a small area of ground they had cleared themselves.

After a quick roll over in the snow both Lark and Taurus came over to see what I had brought them and were not disappointed by the large bag of carrots and apples I had been hiding behind my back.

After giving them half and exposing a few more areas of grass I spread the remaining carrots and apples at different sites across the moors before heading back to the Field Centre.

It was interesting to see that the Holly at the boundary between the Hay Meadow and Moorland is still inundated with berries.

Once back we made quick work of clearing snow from around the Field Centre and headed back out to the ponies to drop off some hay, the snow having continued to fall thick and fast.

After another run around filling bird feeders, it was time to have a quick catch up with Tony where we were lucky enough to be treated to a sneak preview of drone footage of the reserve taken last year and financed by our patron Lord Zetland (watch this space).

After lunch it was time to get back to bird box renovations, whilst Steve headed back over to the Moorland to drop off more hay for the ponies (I bet they can't believe their luck!).

No doubt the ponies will make use of the natural shelter afforded by the trees again this evening and will be able to avoid the sideways snow we've been seeing sporadically throughout the day.

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