Come Rain or Shine

Thursday, June 27th 2019

Throughout the week, no matter what the weather, volunteers have been hard at work on the reserve. Team Tuesday repaired the main access track by filling in the potholes that had been caused by the recent rain.


As usual, many hands made light work and the job was completed in no time at all. Volunteers also pruned back branches from trails and pulled thistles from one of the orchards.

Team Wednesday, caught and identified many moths, updated displays and recorded flowers.

If you would like to learn more about moths then you are welcome to join the group for the event next Wednesday morning.

Today, in searing temperatures, team Thursday have been mowing, strimming and pruning in preparation for the CES bird ringing at the weekend. Thank you to everyone who has helped out, the reserve would not be the same without you!

A new species was observed this afternoon, a striking male Banded Demoiselle was seen fluttering over the scrapes. It was too quick for the camera however, a Great Diving Beetle was photographed basking in the sunshine on a water vole feeding raft!


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