Spring is here!

A  small rearranged workgroup on saturday 16 Feb (after last weeks cancellation due to storm Erik) had a good turnout with a warm sunny morning . 2 new volunteers joined us and we got a fair bit done.  5 reconditioned nest boxes put up – there were a lot of very active blue tits and great tits, seemingly just waiting !  We continued to cut hawthorn taking them down to ground level and then bringing leaf litter in from the woodlands to improve the bio-diversity of what have been largely barren areas, we relocated some turf from the south lawn to the edge of the glades again will be interesting to see if that helps spread species,   We also experimented with planting  some willow whips to the left of the bench to see if we can establish a living screen to help view otter and kingfisher without disturbing them.   We enjoyed frequent sightings of kingfisher (pair) good numbers of curlew flying up from the fields opposite and with the river low a little egret was on the river behind a gravel sand bar.  No oystercatcher yet . Altogether a very enjoyable morning thanks to everyone for their efforts!   Steve