Lovely weather for ducks…

… and teenagers! As a hardy number of our Wildlife Rangers turned up today in earnest, resigned to the fact that they were likely to get suitably soggy in the rain.

We began by having a good rummage through the light trap (the rain was very heavy first thing this morning) and successfully identified 24 species of moth, along with a Dark bush cricket. Sadly some of the moths did elude us but we were quite happy with 24!

The highlights for us were two different Thorns: a Canary-shouldered Thorn and another, which we were fairly confident was a Purple Thorn:

Canary-shouldered Thorn

Canary-shouldered Thorn

Purple Thorn

Purple Thorn

Purple Thorn

Purple Thorn

By this point, the rain had eased and we headed off to our camp fire area for our main task of the day, to give our wood store some much needed attention and a good tidy.

A before shot of our log store

A before shot of our log store

After making a start, and emptying the store of its logs, the rain came on again heavily and after lunch the group had a go at lighting the Kelly kettles so they could have a well deserved hot drink…whilst Geoff and I braved the elements and got a fire going so we could burn a lot of the cut material and old offcuts we had discovered right at the bottom of the store. After a good hot chocolate, the others returned to help out and we quickly swept out the store and re-stacked the now somewhat damper logs.

Very tidy and neatly stacked log store!

Very tidy and neatly stacked log store!

Hopefully it will stay looking tidy for a while, although we do need to do a bit of collecting on a nice, sunny day for some more fuel…

Today's group, looking a little bedraggled in the rain!

Today’s group, looking a little bedraggled in the rain!

Thanks to Ellie, Zoe, Ross, Harvey and Bailey for all your help!

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