Varied Volunteering

Thursday, March 16th 2017

With some regulars away on holiday or busy with other commitments, it was a smaller group of Thursday volunteers joining us for an eclectic mix of tasks today – thank you very much to everyone who helped. There were little jobs like collecting in temporary boundary markers from the coppice block,

topping up woodchips on some of our new paths,

putting the earth back around the edges of a new drain,

packaging a broken window unit ready for transport to a glazier

and cleaning a particularly slimy water vole feeding platform and returning it to position (complete with an apple – of course!).

There were also jobs that appeared fairly small and straightforward at a first glance, but turned out to be a bit bigger than expected: tidying up paths with the wacker plate

– it turned out that a top up of gravel was needed in places too;

and tree popping unwanted saplings, tidying up in the coppice block and burning excess brash, where there was a bit more left to do than we had hoped!

In other news, I spotted quite a few Goldcrests today and heard lots of their high pitched song. They were flitting through our trees probably searching for tiny insects and similar to feed on. As I feared though, these very small (only around 5-7g) and charming birds are not easy to photograph – or at least, as these photos attest, the combination of me and my camera were not up to the task today!


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