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More Bluebells, Boardwalk and Bird Boxes

Wednesday, May 15th 2019

The scent of Bluebells is finally wafting over the moorland, these beautiful flowers are an indicator that woodland was here in past times. Alongside the coconut-like smell of the Gorse, it is quite a heady cocktail! This area of Bluebells is expanding each year as a result of bracken management.

Volunteers split into two groups yesterday with one focusing on boardwalk repairs. This time along the green trail through the woodland. Firstly, some rotten planks were removed from a long stretch of walkway.


Then some new ones were fitted in place and some wire mesh was added to make the surface less slippery in wet conditions. This team also helped by strimming and mowing around the footpaths close to the field centre and reapiring some steps on the moorland trail. What would we do without them?!

Whilst one team were busy in the woodland, the other group went to check on some of the small nest boxes around the rerserve. Details of the nests are recorded so that the data can be submitted to the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology).


There seems to be a good take up this year with many boxes having Coal Tit, Great Tit or Blue Tit nests inside. Some still had eggs but most had two day old chicks like the ones shown here.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with these varied tasks, it really makes a difference.
 


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