Today our Wildlife Rangers group carried on where they had left off in October, pollarding the willow in our main osier bed.
The harvested material is very flexible and will remain so for a few months after being cut, so is great for a number of different craft projects such as basket and bird feeder making, with some of it used recently on a family event making Christmas decorations and wreaths.
As it’s the Christmas holidays, we decided to treat ourselves to a cooked lunch of jacket potatoes, so soon after starting work we got a fire going in our camp area. After a quick break toasting marshmallows and munching on mince pies (thanks Liz for sending them in!) we headed over to Ivy North Hide in search of the bittern whilst our potatoes were cooking.
Although the bittern was seen this morning, we sadly did not have such luck so instead headed over to the Woodland Hide. The feeders there were certainly popular, and have been all day, attracting numerous greenfinch, chaffinch, siskin, lesser redpoll, goldfinch, nuthatch, blue tit and great tit. We were also rewarded with fleeting visits by a couple of brambling.
After our baked potato lunch we carefully put our larger fire out so the group could have a go at fire lighting, and soon everyone had their own mini fire on the go.
After extinguishing our mini fires, it was back to pollarding the willow and we managed to clear a good sized area within the osier bed. Thanks everyone for all your hard work!