Signs of Spring with the ESOL Learners

Monday, April 9th 2018

It's been a busy first day back for me (Ian), with the first port of call being today's visit by a 23 strong ESOL Learners group from Colburn.

Although usually confined to the classroom and a rigorous English language course the group has been visiting nearby places of interest with their families over the Easter break.

We started the day with a leisurely walk around the Easy Access Trail spotting signs of Spring as we went; from the bursting buds of the Willow at the path edges, to the multitude of Frogs and Toads on the Scrapes, there's certainly a lot more happening now than before I went away to the Lake District!

After the Scrapes we stopped a while in the Lake hides to watch the Moorhen, Mallards and Greylag Geese basking on the banks in the sunshine.

Rather than completing the Easy Access loop we headed down to Risedale Beck to play Pooh sticks and admire the Primroses along the coppiced banks. 

After lunch we headed back out to the Scrapes for an hour of pond dipping, finding Sticklebacks a plenty as well as the odd Damselfly nymph, Whirligig Beetle and Water Boatman.

After seeing off the group at the gate it was straight back to the Workshop to put togther some much needed signs warning of 'Toads crossing', which will be put up on my way out this evening.

All in all, a very busy and enjoyable first day back. Very much looking forward to cracking on with some physical work with the Volunteers tomorrow.

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