Slator, Colin
Mon, 05/03/2018 - 17:27

Lots of work on the site has had to take a back seat over the past week, as conditions just were against us. Two weeks ago we thought spring was here with Gagea in bud and the birds singing.
Our volunteer teams were working to create the access path around the new site, and to set up the fixed photographic points for our survey work. The tree planting process for the new woodland began with 4500 tree stakes being set in by the contractor, and the delivery of trees to site.
We paid two visits to our local primary school to talk about the project and how they can get involved and help with tasks on site like species recording and nest box making. We were very impressed with the knowledge of the children about environmental issues and we are really looking forward to working with them. Our photo shows children looking at the difference examples of sand and gravel which we took with us to the sessions.
But then the snow began just as one of our local volunteer groups started on cutting back some growth near the main hide in order to allow good views of the quarry site. And unfortunately it meant we have had to postpone the visits by the school to the site. Our on-site work days have also had to be cancelled but it was a chance to catch up on the paperwork and get the final planning done for our next public event at the end of the month, which is an evening of talks about geology, historic landscape and the benefits of restored quarry sites for wildlife and biodiversity.