The ‘Spot the Path’ competition

Being the first Sunday of the month, it is the day for the Sunday volunteers. As it’s now the height of the holiday season I wasn’t sure how many volunteers there would be. It’s a bit of a juggling act when planning conservation tasks – there needs to be enough work planned to keep people reasonably busy but not so much that it seems the work will never finish – we aren’t slave drivers!!    In the event seven people turned out so it was worth having a bash at reinstating an overgrown path at the back of the Education Centre.  It’s not a path that is readily accessible to visitors, but has been used when school parties are here.   It had started to get overgrown earlier this year and got to the stage where it was virtually impassable as the recent warm weather had encouraged luxuriant growth of grasses, nettles and brambles.

The first problem was establishing where the path should be – the following images give some idea of the scale of the problem.

The start of the path from behind the centre pond.

The start of the path from behind the centre pond.

The midddle section

The middle section

The further reaches of impenetrability

The further reaches of impenetrability

Its amazing what a couple of hours of concerted effort can achieve, with the following result.

At the start - now

At the start – now

An obvious path -now

An obvious path – now

The end of the road - for some volunteers!!!

The end of the road – for some volunteers!!!

Although it could still do with a little bit more attention, we now have a useable path, thanks to all those volunteers who turned out today.

Bird-wise there are no reports of anything spectacular at the moment, although the young common tern and even the young black-headed gulls add a certain air of the exotic as they won’t look the same in a few weeks time

The warm humid conditions are encouraging good numbers of butterflies to the buddleia, where they nectar on the flowers and hang languorously from them, as did this red admiral.

Red admiral

Red admiral

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