A Sunny Volunteer Day

Friday, October 6th 2017

As summer leaves us, the work on the reserve changes.  After checking that the recent winds had not brought down any trees or caused any other damge the volunteers set to work on removing some Sycamores that were in danger of encroaching onto the bridge to the easy access hide.

Clearing the trees

Some of our regular friends visited and enjoyed the warm sunshine and at times the cool wind!

Friends visiting

Tony and Mike checked water levels. The pipes leading from Risedale Beck to the ponds were blocked as were the overflow channels, so rather like the intrepid explorers of old they set off through the summer's good growth of vegetation, to improve the situation.

Working on the Risedale Beck ponds

Whilst taking photographs a large leaf was noticed, on closer inspection, through the camera lens I hasten to add, it looks like a Water Lily leaf.  This species is recorded on the species list from 1992, but to my knowledge has never been seen since.  Interesting.

Water Lily leaf?

Thank you very much to all our volunteers who helped yesterday.

It is always special when you are the last to leave the reserve.  It is quiet and peaceful and there is always that tingle of anticipation that you might just see something.  Yesterday was no exception.  A Kestrel was hunting over the heath.  Wonder if it was one of 'ours'?

Kestrel hunting over the heath

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