Good Housekeeping

Thursday, July 19th 2018

With no schools or goups booked in for today, it was a good opportunity to catch up on a number of jobs.  The boot brushes at the entrance to the Field Centre have seen sterling service but have gradually become worn down, so all four brushes were replaced this morning.

While it is unlikely that they will be put to use in the next few days, this is a small addition to the welcome for visitors to the Centre. The sunny weather has meant that we have had quite a few visitors today who have called in at the Centre and one was very pleased to be able to use the mobility scooter to explore the reserve. 

The small group of volunteers have been working on the platforms and buoyancy for the final two of the four Mink rafts that are being made.  These should be finished tomorrow with a couple of them going out on to the reserve to replace the older ones.  The main task has been to attach the wire mesh at either end of the platforms to hold the floats and to give purchase for animals climbing onto them from the water.

There was also a short break to help Taurus and Lark move from the Heathland compartment they have been grazing for the last week to start work on the grass in the next compartment.  They didn't need much persuading and quickly made the move once the gates had been opened for them.

Judging by the mouthfuls of grass they had already eaten in the first five minutes, they will quickly make an impact in here.  A picture from around the same spot in a week to ten days' time should show how good a job they are making of it.


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