Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Thursday, April 25th 2019

Sunshine and showers were the order of the day with the morning staying dry enough to carry out some outdoor jobs. The Exmoor ponies, Lark and Taurus, seemed to be enjoying the cooler weather up by Plover's pool.

Volunteers added stone to the recently improved section of footpath as the recent rainfall had helped to bind the surface and it just needed levelling out a touch! Stone was transported by wheelbarrow to the areas where it was needed most.

Then it was smoothed out with the wacker plate.

Some of the edging was also repaired where the wood had rotted over time.

After lunch, the rain became heavy so attention turned to the 'indoor' tasks! A new footbridge was constructed for one of the maintenance paths.

The quad bike received some TLC by the way of new oil and a filter whilst on the other side of the workshop the shelves were tidied. These are some examples of the toil that goes on behind the scenes by volunteers for which we are extremely grateful. Out on the wetland, Lapwing, Greylag Geese, Oystercatcher and Mallard are nesting and Snipe were heard drumming for the first time this year.

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