Just for a change, this month’s tasks are of a light nature. In the rough-grass areas there will be some gentle raking out of dead vegetation, in a manner so as not to unduly disturb the emerging wildlife; on the concrete plinths a bit of scraping to clear moss from the basking areas; and in the brook some delicate footwork is required to make adjustments to the hazels in order to re-establish the perfect balance of light and shade over the water (wellies advised). The nautical-minded can attend to the moorings of the monitoring raft, which have been damaged by the winter swells.
To help at the work party, meet at the reserve on Saturday, 16th April at 9:30 am. We will finish around lunchtime. All members are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Please wear appropriate work clothes, stout shoes, boots or wellies, and gardening gloves or equivalent. Bring a rake or a pitch-fork if you can.
Organised work parties take place at the Jim Mart reserve on the morning of the third Saturday in every month, except in December. For further information about the reserve visit the Jim Mart NR pages on the Ogston Bird Club website, or contact Peter Faulkner by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on 0784 214 8888 nearer the date.