Sun, 29/04/2018 - 11:33

Our blog is a bit late as we have been very busy on site concentrating on the species monitoring as spring got into its stride. The surveying route was completed, and comprises 4.5 km around the quarry site and the reserve, with marker posts every 50 metres to facilitate accurate recording of sightings. The botany surveying quadrats were also completed, with 3 quadrats at 7 sites.
We had a training session by Dave Wainwright from Butterfly Conservation for those doing the butterfly monitoring, and a session by Keith Gittings from the Yorkshire branch of the British Dragonfly Society for those interested in dragonflies.
We also had a training visit to the site for monitors to demonstrate the route, and to talk about the protocols of access to the site. It was a glorious day with chiffchaff, willow warblers and blackcaps letting us know they had arrived and a roe deer having a sprint around.
As the new term started, we held the first After School Club at the local school. The children got their Club badges and their Club folders. We had a session concentrating on how to identify and record birds, with a slide show and a quiz, and the children proved very adept at using the spotter sheets in their folders to get the answers. 10 out of 10 all round! Our next session will be down on site so that they can put their new knowledge to use and record some of the bird life there.