Paths and Rafts

Thursday, March 28th 2019

It's been a busy day on the reserve with a strong team of volunteers, we started work in the conifer woodland with restoring the footpaths after the Green Works. 

Finding the right sections of timber was a case of trial and error, but the three musketeers, Peter, Ian and Gerry were experts in no time. 

The footpaths can finally be seen again thanks to all our volunteers help. Bob's construction skills came in very handy when it came to laying all the logs out and pegging them down. 

The thinning project in this part of the conifer woodland has meant that a lovely view can now be enjoyed from the top of the bank, so where better to put a homemade bench with its very own table?! Do take a moment to take it all in when wandering around the woodland trails.

The afternoon threw up a new challenge; the duck raft which has been launched on the lake needed to be anchored down and placed in the middle. How do you get the anchor in the middle of the lake you ask? Well, with difficulty is the simple answer… The first idea was to chuck the anchor from the bank, which despite getting tanlged up in a Hawthorn tree, did make it surprisingly far. 

However, getting the raft into the middle of the Lake was yet another challenge. It was decided to tie a rope to the bank on the opposite side too, so shovels in hand, two of us paddled across the lake. A little wind can create a surprising current on the water, so this made for an entertaining show for everyone watching from the bank!

Despite only being designed to support nesting ducks, the raft was able to carry two people across to the other side, although there were a couple of close calls…

Finally, the duck raft in place in the centre of the lake.

Meanwhile, staff members from Love Property were in today for a meeting and a guided walk around the reserve. They managed to miss the drama unfolding on the Lake, and enjoyed the sunshine while Sophie gave them an insight into the reserve. 

The ponds all around the reserve are teeming with toads, and toad spawn!

Finally, we bid a fond farewell to Imogen as she heads off to Bempton Cliffs for a summer to monitor the seabirds. She will be missed greatly and we wish her all the best for the future and hope to see her again soon. As you can see from the pictures above she has put her heart and soul into Foxglove over the past months!


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