Hello there, I'm speaking to all our wildlife explorer members and their parents/grandparents here.
Just in case you hadn't heard, we have had to change February's club meeting from the third Saturday to the fourth Saturday to allow for a special activity we'll be running. Times remain the same from 11 am - 1pm.
This means February's date will now be Saturday 27 February, and the theme is "Be a Wildlife Photographer for the day!"
Calling all budding young photographers! Tom Mason, wildlife photographer, is running a special Wildlife Explorer’s club, teaching all about how to take great pictures of wildlife. We will also learn about camera traps and how they work. Make sure you bring your camera as we will be going outside and learning from Tom’s experience. We then give you until 16 March to try out your new skills at home and out and about, to take some excellent wildlife photos. Choose your best 5 and enter them into our junior photography competition by bringing them in at March’s meeting or emailing them to email@example.com. They will then be judged by Tom, and winners announced at April’s Funday/ Wex club on Saturday 16 April.
Wildlife Explorer's Club is always very popular, and we anticipate this to be a very busy session, so please ensure you book your place in advance by ringing 01992 708381 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org asap. Then whatever you do, don't forget your camera!
We look forward to seeing you there.
PS. Not to be outdone, Tom is also running photography workshops for adults on Sunday 13 March and Sunday 10 April. These will be all day from 10 am - 3 pm. Full details will be available on the website shortly, or in the meantime please email email@example.com for details.
Well today (Friday 22/1/16) is the last day for the contractors to be working on site cutting the lagoon banks. But that does not mean the work is over! However it does mean that the paths will be open again ready for the weekend, with just a note of warning that the weather outlook is not great for today (rain), so this may mean there is a bit of mud on the track over the weekend. Our volunteers will continue to work on this project over the next couple of weeks work parties, on Tuesday's and Thursday's, to clear some of the trees from the bank but also have a good tidy up of the banks and the paths if needed (paths will remain open for this work).
The removal of the dense bramble and larger hawthorns and sallows is an essential part of the maintenance of the site to ensure we get a much more diverse and low sward along the lagoon banks, which is much more attractive to wildfowl, especially for breeding. Some of the work may look a bit harsh especially when you see trees and bushes cut with the flayel, however we will be working over the next few weeks to coppice or pollard the majority of these trees, so if you bare with us a few more weeks it will all look much better. And in a few months there will be some lovely fresh spring growth all along the banks.
As they are so good at multi tasking the volunteer work party on Tuesday 26 January will also be working once again on the fence to the Tern and Gadwall hide, so there will be no access to these hides for the day.
The HMWT are also having some work done on site through out February, which i have listed below
1 February the roof is being replaced on the cattle shelter on the meadow
2 February the roof is being replaced on the Warbler hide, so the hide will be closed this day
3 February the roof of the Otter is being replaced, so there will be no access to this hide for the day.
Following on from this the ramp leading up to the Warbler hide is going to be replaced. This is a 3 week job, so there will be no access to the Warbler hide for this time. However we do not have definite dates for this project yet, but will let you know when we do.
The work clearing the scrub on the lagoon banks is going really well. We have had a 360 digger with flayel attachment working on the banks from the Ashby hide down to just before the turnstile, since Tuesday. Today however this machine has moved to an area off the visitor trails so we are able to open up the paths today, however there is still no access to the Tern and Gadwall as our volunteer work party are once again working on the wind damaged fence in this area.
The work on the banks from Ashby hide is not quite complete as we are waiting on the availability of a smaller machine that is able to climb the banks and clear the scrub from the top of the banks down to the water side. We are hoping this will be tomorrow, so the paths will once again be closed, but this is the last day of planned works so trails will hopefully be open as usual for the weekend, but we will keep you posted.
In other news 4 Brambling in a flock of 60+ chaffinch and a tree creeper this morning from the 5 bar gate just passed the Draper hide.
Thanks for your patience