So Much To Unpack This Week

Grab a cuppa, I get the feeling this is gonna be a long one…

We had our weekender on Sunday and thirteen of us made it. We litter-picked from Berrybanks to the bird feeder clearing and back again. It was a lovely couple of hours with quite a few youngsters doing some of their Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteer hours. The next one is the last Sunday in February.

You may have noticed the new link on the right. If you cast your mind back to March 2020 we started running workshops for young autistic adults and had a fabulous day (March 4th 2020). And then COVID started and we were unable to continue. Well happily we are moving forward with this again.

This week on the Wednesday workday we welcomed back Aaron and restained all the picnic benches.

I cannot remember when we last did this, but they needed it. It’s all about them looking fresh and inviting. We also strimmed any vegetation underneath.

They look brand new again…

We did a little bit more snipping back and tidying up.

And enjoyed a lovely banana cake, baked by Victoria, on our coffee break. It was very yummy and also Belgian buns from Kerrie’s mum, who creates the beautiful

The geocaching trail is fully working and whilst we were working away a geocacher actually came past us looking for the caches – how random is that!!! The caches have been found a total of 67 times in the short time that it has been up and running so you can see how popular and addictive it is.

Our snowdrops are starting to pop up in their little clearing. We may need to define the path edges here because last year quite a few got trampled. The path was getting a huge amount of use due to COVID restrictions, but something to keep an eye on this year,

I love this bit at this time of the year. It just makes me feel hopeful for warmer weather and longer days. We should have 1oo% native English bluebells popping up this year, too.

We can have an information board (Sustrans have given us the OK) and the two Toms will be pulling this together.

Here is a 360 of the bird feeder clearing.

This is going to look absolutely amazing in the summer. Full of colour and wildlife. We will be doing wildflower and insect monitoring and recording via iRecord in the summer. This is just another off-shoot to engage people who are looking to hook up with others with like-minded interests.

Well, that’s about it for this week. I hope you made it this far and found it an interesting read. If you enjoy the path feel free to bung us a couple of quid via Patron, if you want to join in just pop along to one of the workdays. If you just need a bit of company pop along at 11am and share a coffee and a bit of cake. We’re a really friendly chilled out bunch.

Until next week!


About Paul

Just trying to create a slice of wildlife and a place for people to chill out and meet new friends in this crazy world that we live in.
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