Wet Weather and Wildlife

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

A team of intrepid volunteers turned out to help with practical site work today despite the grey and particularly wet weather – thank you!

As regular readers of this blog will know, this year’s coppice block is in progress. However, we thought that if we attempted continuation of this today we would end up with a quagmire and some very muddy people! So, instead we tackled a job that’s been on the list for a while and involved working in a sheltered part of the reserve: Re-doing the woodchip path to the green route down near Risedale Beck.

The Dales School helped too – thank you.

The volunteer team were re-fuelled mid-morning by Ann’s delicious flapjacks!

Today was also a day for wildlife sightings…

On the drive into the reserve I spotted this mouse:

Worms were plentiful in the soft earth of the old path:

Birds flocked to the newly-filled-by-Bob-and-Ann feeders:

And caught on camera was this ringed redpoll in the rain!


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