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More scenes from the Open Day

Monday, July 25th 2011

After the Outdoor Classroom had been opened crafts took over and the children had a great time designing insects and bugs and nature reserves.

Children's crafts

The sluice was also a great source of fun.  Bet the water was cold though!

Children in the sluice

Pond dipping caught a variety of pond life including Waterlice, Pond Snails and Diving Beetle larva and adults.  Some were put into a container for closer examination.  It is not often we get the opportunity to look at these creatures in this way.  Here you can see two young Sticklebacks with a Water Boatman in the background.  All the animals caught were returned safely to the ponds.

Young Sticklebacks

And whilst all the visitors viewed the stands and activities were taking place the wildlife of Foxglove Covert quietly went about its business - feeding.

Feeding bee

The Management Group would like to express its very sincere appreciation to Sophie, Elizabeth, Beryl, the 'other' Tony, and the large and exceptional band of volunteers who worked so hard to make the day such a success.  Comments made by visitors were incredibly complimentary and the reserve looked quite spectacular.  The credit is down to a huge team effort right across the board, but much of the physical habitat management is entirely down to the regular volunteers who make the place what it is.  Several visitors commented on the 'lovely group of volunteers we are so lucky to have' and on the polite and courteous way they had been treated.  This statement speaks for itself.  Today a family were there for a pre- breakfast walk in the sunshine, and then another 50 visitors walked the trails before the reserve closed - many commented on the happy time they had.  One of them found a young Green Woodpecker with a broken leg so we splinted it, applied gaffer tape, and sent it off looking much happier!  The site is already back to normal and people worked until after 4pm to finish the clean up. The time, effort and resourcefulness of all concerned is not underestimated - a very big 'thank you' to you all and apologies for not naming everyone individually.


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