Busy volunteers

Wednesday, August 3rd 2011

Foxglove volunteers arrived early today and as ever they were eager to start work.  Bird boxes were cleaned out - but more of that later! The wetland was walked and some judicious digging of mud and filling of holes was carried out.  A path that had enjoyed the attentions of the rabbits was repaired and more invasive Birch was removed from the area opposite the plantation. The small piece of heath on the north side of the road was attacked and amazingly some beautifully flowering Heather was found under the Gorse, Willow and Birch which was being removed.

But it was not all hard work.  As the area was cleared we disturbed an adult frog, an adult and a young toad.  Trying to keep track of them so John could photograph them proved interesting.

He finally managed to get this photo of the young toad.

Young toad

Back to the bird nest boxes.  As this box was checked it was found to have a roosting bat in it.  A quick photograph and the front was replaced leaving it to sleep the day away.  You can see that this bird box is being used regularly by the number of droppings present.  Bird boxes are obviously more comfortable than 'proper' bat boxes!

Bat in a bird box

Thank you to all the volunteers who worked hard today at so many different tasks to keep the reserve looking so good.

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