If you need a respite from all the work parties at Ogston Reservoir, or perhaps want to help out but can only come at the weekend, then please consider joining the next work party at the Jim Mart Nature Reserve. Saturday’s weather forecast is, at the time of writing, for light cloud and a moderate breeze. Some areas of old Rosebay Willowherb and nettle, along with a section of better quality grassland, have just been cut so the main task is to remove the arisings. If enough members turn out then the work will be relatively light going, and there is the possibility of having a monster bonfire. If that is not enough to tempt you, then you might also miss the opportunity to record the second ever sighting of a Dipper at the reserve, first seen flying up and down the brook on Sunday morning.
To help out at the work party, meet at the reserve on Saturday, 17th October, 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 (nettle-proof) gardening gloves or equivalent. Bring a sturdy garden rake or pitchfork, and even a wheelbarrow, 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 visit the Jim Mart NR pages on the Ogston Bird Club website http://www.ogstonbirdclub.co.uk/ , or contact Peter Faulkner by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (0784 214 8888).