There will be a work party this Saturday 2nd March starting at 10.00 am. Please come along and see what we have planned.
The reserve looked lovely today in the sunshine and some of the flowers and bulbs are starting to display some colour and should be lovely in a couple of weeks time.
The work party this Saturday 16th March will be quite an event. We will have 280 saplings to plant in our new area and we plan to start at 9.30 am if you are able to come a little earlier.
The weather forecast is not very good so please wear suitable clothing and if possible bring your spade.
Please check your email and Facebook before travelling on Saturday as the forecast is not very good and we may have to cancel (hopefully not as we have to get the saplings planted).
Thank you to everyone who turned out last Saturday to help start our new project area.
It’s an exciting time when a new project begins but first the site had to be cleared. This included pulling up ivy roots that had spread (felt like miles of it) well into the ground and raking leaves and we filled a few wheel barrow loads.
The fencing was also started after marking out the area and making sure we were happy with the layout so good progress was made.
The weather was kind, when the sun shone is was lovely and warm.
Thank you to everyone who came last Saturday to the work party. It was a very productive morning.
The Bird Hide was cleaned of all the leaves that had gathered over the last few weeks and even the windows had the once over.
Some of the branches recently taken from some of the trees were used to make a natural fence line along the perimeter of the reserve filling in all the gaps which seem to have opened up.
The webcam was installed but unfortunately nothing was captured this time but it will be sited in another position later this week.
And of course more importantly we had a lovely cuppa and catch up in between.
There will be a work party this Saturday 16th February 2019 commencing at 10.00 am. Due to the previous one being cancelled there should be lots to do. Hope to see you there.
As usual refreshments will be served at 11.00am to keep us going.
The work party for this Saturday 2nd February 2019 has been CANCELLED.
Take a look at some of the pictures I took late this afternoon at the reserve. The trees were stunning laden with snow and the Mallards had a clear channel in the large pond swimming around the frozen parts.
The reserve had a beautiful but different look with the snow.
There was a Bird Survey on Saturday and we had a good turn out of both volunteers and birds spotted. The following were seen in a 1 hour period and total numbers are at any one time.
Blue tit – 3, Chaffinch – 3, Crow – 1, Dunnock – 1, Great tit – 1, Jackdaw – 2, House sparrow – 1, Long tailed tit – 7, Magpie – 1, Mallard – 3, Moorhen – 2, Robin – 2, Wood pigeon – 1 and Wren – 1.
A wood mouse was also observed near the hide.
Robins are always a popular bird this time of year.
Instead of a work party this Saturday 19th January we will be holding a Bird Survey from 10.00 am until 11.00 am. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards to keep us warm.
Just to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Turner Hodgkiss Community Nature Reserve.
The Reserve Christmas Tree