What a Day!

Saturday, September 29th 2012

The day started by sorting out everything ready for the Coffee Morning and Car Boot Sale at Bedale tomorrow.  If you can give some time to help out at either event it would be appreciated.  Setting up at the Car Boot Sale will be from 7am and the Coffee Morning from 8.45am.

Sophie, Adam,Tony and Jonathan then continued with this work whilst Brian collected some cakes and Elizabeth planned the route for Eco Club.  Bird seed was weighed.  On walking around the sheep and cattle were checked and counted. 

The water has subsided but has left its mark in many ways - the dam at the outdoor classroom had to have the stones removed from it.

Stones in the dams

Along the beck there has been considerable damage and change, including the loss of the stone that often had Otter spraint on it. We will have to search for his new marking place.  On a Winter Worky day Colin made two beautiful log piles near the beck side, only one is left intact.

Colin's logpiles

Voluteers have repeatedly repaired the dam this year, so that water can fill the pond.  A difficult job awaits them as the dam will have to be rebuilt almost from scratch.

The washed out dam

Autumn signs can be seen around the reserve.

Autumn colours

However the darters are still flying in the sunshine and sunning themselves on boardwalks, paths and logs.

Darter sunbathing

A Buzzard was heard and seen being mobbed by crows. Later another Buzzard was seen in the woodland near Risedale Beck.  Speckled Wood butterflies were also on the wing. 

New visitors and old friends enjoyed walking around the reserve and were delighted to see the Kingfisher on the Lake.

Cakes are being baked for tomorrow, as this blog is published!  A huge thank you to everyone who has helped in so many ways this week.

And finally Tony Cooper is the 100 club winner!


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