Over the past couple of months, we have had some very successful volunteer work party days which has involved lots of mud, clearing back scrub, making hibernaculum, creating dead hedges, drinking tea and of course eating biscuits! We have a number of other volunteer work party days planned for the coming few months: see the attached flyer which details the forthcoming dates.
Along with volunteer days, we have also be helping a group of home educated children get very muddy. On a glorious cold but sunny February day, myself and some young helpers and parents met at the Three Splashes, Bringsty Common. All were armed with spades and ready to help lay some drainpipes between the three ponds. There were no complaints about mud. The children had great fun digging and breaking the ice. When asked about his morning, one child said: “I like digging the pond and I love the mud. You feel you’ve done something really good.”
In addition, to practical volunteer days and muddy children, we also delivered a very successful frog and toad training session. Sadly, we haven’t taught the local amphibians to jump hoops but we have taught a keen team of volunteers to recognise the difference between the two species and also how to record the information following methodology of a National project called PondNet.
Forthcoming training still have training courses include courses include; Amphibian Survey techniques (4th April) and Composting Toilet – May 7th and 8th (subsidised places available). Booking is essential as places are limited.