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Brilliant Volunteers!

Tuesday, July 1st 2014

Volunteers arrived this morning and tasks were handed out.  Dams along Risedale Beck were checked and repaired and by mid afternoon the pools they feed were full, running in and out!  Strimmers and lawn mowers are now back in their sheds having a well earned rest as they have been busy all day.  Volunteers took them around big paths, little paths and net rides and these now look beautiful.  Other volunteers walked around cutting back the ever growing Brambles and tree branches. Cattle were counted, two of them.  Sheep were counted and 27 were recorded.  Admin work was carried out, from checking Friends lists, to display mounting, to species recording and not forgetting the butterfly transect!  A huge thank you to everyone.  Your work is really appreciated.  You are very special volunteers!

As the volunteers were all over the reserve it was difficult to get any photographs.  This one shows some of them having a well earned rest at lunch time.

volunteers resting

Flowers are blooming all over the reserve.  Slender St John's Wort shows its yellow flowers and red faded petals on the heath.

Slender St John's Wort

In the sunshine not only were the butterflies flying but an Emperor Dragonfly was spotted hunting and a Four Spotted Chaser was seen flitting through the Scrapes.  Bright blue flashes amongst the vegetation revealed blue damselflies.

Blue damselfly

Two photographs from the north show some of areas where the bird ringers are busy.  They have ringed Greater Black-backed Gulls, Guillemots and Shags.

Areas where ringign is taking place

Where the ringers are busy


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