Today our monthly Wildlife Rangers group got stuck into clearing an area of nettle and bramble outside the back of the Education Centre, making the path around the back of the pond area more accessible and the picnic benches less enclosed.
We became slightly distracted when we found a tiny baby newt and a toad. Depending on when the eggs were laid, some baby newts will leave the pond at some point during the summer once their feathery gills have been absorbed, and they look more like newts and less like miniature dragons. After taking their first steps on land, they will be feeding up on insects, slugs and spiders in preparation for the colder winter months.
After lunch Poppy and Jackson had a go at delving into the pond whilst James, Cameron, Edie, and Bella collected some fire wood and made everyone a hot drink using the Kelly Kettles. We’re practicing now in time for colder weather!
It was then time to finish off our bramble clearing task and tidy all the tools and equipment away.
Thanks to everyone for all your hard work!
On the wildlife front, Geoff Miller sent across this photo of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth which has visited the buddleia by the pond over the last couple of days. We did keep an eye out for it today but sadly there was no sign, although there were plenty of butterflies to watch instead! Thanks Geoff!