Our volunteers have again been super busy this week. On Wednesday Ed, Adam and volunteer Zoe ventured out onto Ivy Lake and positioned some new perches in the water, close to Ivy North Hide. Thanks David for capturing this ‘at work’ photo and emailing it across to us.
Yesterday our Thursday volunteer group were hard at work removing garden daffodils from the reserve, primarily north of Ellingham Drove, to avoid any cross-pollination with our native variety. Our wild daffodils are in full bloom and brightening up the woodland edges with a splash of yellow.
This morning, Ed and I ventured back out onto Ivy Lake to hopefully make the nesting platforms more appealing. In the past coot and great crested grebes have used them and we’re hoping they will do again this year. We fastened some new branches on to the existing rings, trailing some into the water and inserting others upwards to hopefully deter any gulls from pinching such a welcoming nesting spot.
Thanks also to David Cuddon and Paul Winter for sending in some photos of their recent sightings on the reserve. In addition to the reserve team hard at work, and rather fittingly after this morning’s task, David had caught this image of two great crested grebes displaying.
Thanks again for some stunning images!