Many thanks to Linda, one of my volunteers for making some cracking signage to use on site.
We have completed the renovation of the boardwalk down to Woggle Water Pond. It looks quite smart now.
The Moorhens seem to appreciate it !
Meet Sammy the wood pigeon.
Sammy was blown out of his nest when just a few days old. Normally I would leave nature to take its course but having left Sammy by his nest for 8 hours and no parents had come to see I made the decision to try and raise him myself.
Thanks to google Sammy was happy with crushed bird seed and water, which Libby and I fed him 3-4 times a day.
Well Sammy is now over 6 weeks old and seems fit and healthy. He follows me around the reserve and happily greets visitors when they come onto the reserve ( usually by landing on their heads! So be warned if you don’t like pigeons!!)
Due to the latest Covid guidance I have taken the difficult decision to close the reserve to visitors until the guidance changes.
Although I believe we would not be breaking the law, the government guidance is to avoid contact between different households even outside.
I was delighted to arrive at the Reserve this morning and be greeted by not one but two red squirrels. This is only the second time in 5 years that I have seen a red squirrel on this land.
Our female Pheasants have been producing chicks over the last couple of weeks, so here’s a few pics of our new arrivals:-
I spent a very pleasant 30 minutes last night, as I was on my way out my Doe and twin fawns paid me a visit. Right in front of the appropriately named Deer View hide they came and fed, here is a few pics:-
Unfortunately we have Ash die back amongst our tree population. We have at least 50 dead Ash trees which I am currently removing. Ash die back is an airborne fungal disease that tends to kill the tree from the top down.
Initially I thought we would have to burn the wood but I have been advised that the damage has been done and there would be little benefit by burning the wood. As a result of this advice I have been using the felled trees to line my paths, looks quite smart I think.
Such a shame, but the word is that the UK is likely to lose between 70-80% of its Ash trees and I anticipate we will be looking at that sort of loss!
I recently offered the reserve classroom to our local Collingwood School and Media Arts College. In these troubled times it seemed the right thing to do when schools are in need of additional classroom space.
Collingwood is designated to meet the needs of students aged 2-19 yrs. with speech, language and communication difficulties, autism and behaviour and emotional disorders.
I met with the Headteacher Gillian Linkleter, and two of her colleagues, and showed them the classroom and reserve. Gillian was very enthusiastic about the classroom and the reserve itself and thought it would be a perfect fit for the school and its pupils.
We have subsequently signed off a memorandum of understanding with the school which allows for the school to use the classroom and reserve for the next academic year (38 weeks), beginning in September. We agreed to half class sizes, which is 6-8 pupils.
I look forward to working with the school and its pupils and hopefully a mutually beneficial outcome.