The big dig started on Thursday. I have employed RBB contractors to dig our large pond.
Darren ‘the digger man’ arrived with his 15 tonne excavator to start the project.
Ross ‘the boss’ does a bit of tree trimming to allow the digger onto the reserve.
Darren making his way into the reed bed.
First job to flatten the reeds and make a carpet for the digger to move around
Crack on with the digging.
View from the island
So a good start but plenty more digging to do over the next week.
It’s amazing that a 15 ton excavator and 12 ton dumper truck are able to operate in such boggy conditions but they can!
Dumper in action
Eventually the bog won and we had to say goodbye to the dumper, having sank and been dug out twice, we didn’t want to push our luck for a third time.
Quite a change!
All done in 4 days! Many thanks to Ross Blackburn owner of RBB Group who dug the pond, to Chris and especially Darren ( the digger man), and our dumper expert Tom.
Many thanks to Linda, one of my volunteers for making some cracking signage to use on site.
Meet Sammy the wood pigeon.
Young Sammy a few days old
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.
Sammy after a week
Thanks to google Sammy was happy with crushed bird seed and water, which Libby and I fed him 3-4 times a day.
Loves an ear nibble
Starting to lose his feather fluff after 3 weeks
Sammy loves to wave at you
Now fending for himself
Quite the smart little pigeon now
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.
Our female Pheasants have been producing chicks over the last couple of weeks, so here’s a few pics of our new arrivals:-
My local buzzards were giving an impressive air display over the reserve.