A Typical Day

Wednesday, March 6th 2013

One of the most frequently asked questions of the Reserve Managers is “What is a typical day”? The answer is there is no such thing! Planning the week's work at Foxglove is extremely difficult as there are so many different influencing factors including the weather and the amount of help to hand. Here is a glimpse of 'a day in the life' at the reserve! The main task for the day was postponed as the weather was bitterly cold in sharp contrast to the spring sunshine reported on the last blog post. Instead of completing tasks on the exposed wetland, the hedge at the front of the Field Centre was worked on. This involved harvesting willow stems and carrying them back to the centre.

willow harvest

Adam then wove them into the hedge.

Weaving

The handywork was admired by the students from the Dales School as they set off on their springtime stroll to look out for frogs in the scrapes area.

Winter walk

Colin also inspected the new structure as he called by to collect some wire to use in the construction of some new large peanut feeders.

Collecting wire

Meanwhile, Adam was multi tasking down near the lake! He was tidying the coppiced willow stools and checking the duck trap to see if there were any ducks to be ringed!

Stumping up

Back in the warmth of the Field Centre, Elizabeth and Ruth were hard at work creating bright new displays for visitors to enjoy.

Flower Fairies

2000 new reeds were delivered and stored ready to be planted on the wetland next week and contractors continued to work on the bridges on the wheelchair friendly trail. Just another 'quiet' day at the Local Nature Reserve!

And finally, later this afternoon Adam's 'fedge' was finished.  It looks so good!

Adam's fedge


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