Varied Work

Thursday, November 7th 2019

A bright sunny start yesterday morning soon turned dull, damp and cold.  Volunteers were out cutting back vegetation hanging over the paths, mainly Bramble, that seems to grow even in the winter months, especially if it is going to cause a problem!  By the afternoon rain was descending.  Indoor jobs were then carried out.  Cards and charts were organised and then the craft materials were collected together and tidied.  Boxes labelled and put into the cupboard so things can easily be found.

A hunt has been on to find the cable from the lake hide to the Field Centre so that we can ensure camera reception.  Success it has been found!  A damaged tree was felled and the wood used for habitat piles.  Volunteers were busy checking the bat boxes and repairing those that needed it.  The bats will be in hibernation by now.  They do not use anywhere on the reserve but we do suspect that they use the buildings on the camp.

Another task that did prove a little problematic was putting together some new picnic benches.  Our volunteers persevered and two were completed with another one still to do.

As always a huge thank you to all our volounteers for such a varied amount of work completed.  It is much appreciated.

Rain continues to fall and the reserve is very wet.  Rain drops collect on many surfaces.  A Sycamore leaf was covered.

Despite the weather some summer flowers are still hanging on to their flowers.  Water Figwort was found near the lake.

Ivy flowers in late autumn and provides for many insects that are on the wing even in rainy conditions.


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