Tuesday, May 10th 2016
Although not as warm as the last two days it was good working weather, not too hot and not too cold! As it was Volunteer Tuesday we had plenty of jobs to get on with, the team dividing up to cover the jobs of the day.
Cleaning the bird feeders, this may seem like a simple job, but to do it properly they need dismantling, cleaning with oversized bottle brushes, putting back together and drying before reloading with seed. The sizes of our feeders varies, but are not your average garden feeder, plus we have a fair few to get through and even now we have more to do next week.
We are erecting a stone circle on the moorland so cleared some Gorse from the location, as well as measuring up for the 13 standing stones which will be points of a compass.
The spoil from the newly surfaced paths was spread and levelled in some wet areas near the car park.
While all this was going on the two Anne’s tidied the Field Centre garden area by weeding ,
together with Bob planting new plants in the rockery and Colin continuing the edging of the path. Although not finished it is looking a lot better.
Various flowers are showing themselves like this Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolate) , or Jack-by-the-Hedge.
As the name suggests it gives off a garlic smell if you crush a leaf in your fingers, and is the only British member of the cabbage family to do so. Onions, garlic, leeks, etc. are from the lily family, but both scientific names are from the Latin word for garlic. The caterpillar of the Orange Tip butterfly, which is the most common butterfly found on the reserve at present, can be found feeding on the seed pods later in the season.
Thank you to the whole team for such fantastic work today.
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