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Our group of 16 enjoyed the varied landscape of Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. Among the 33 bird species recorded were greater spotted woodpecker, red poll,willow tit, goosander and grey lag goose. We enjoyed the exhibition showing the work on the park also the parks use in war time. A repeat visit was suggested.
This was a geology walk conducted in mild weather involving a party of 21 people.The conditions were muddy under foot.We enjoyed our walk beside the River Nidd examining the rock formation of the Permian / Carboniferous rocks on the way . Knaresborough is picturesque at all times.We enjoyed drinks in the open air at the end of the walk in the vicinity of the viaduct, a reminder of Switzerland.
We all enjoyed the New Year social at the YMCA with its offerings of food, photos, quiz and a look ahead at another Bees year. We have another quiz winner in our midst Stuart who has displaced Donald as the Brain of Bees . Who will it be next year I wonder?
Today was the job of opening up the ponds, so it was on with the waders and off in to the murky waters. The water was teeming with life including ramshorn snails, damsel fly larvae, newts and other beasties. They now have plenty of breathing space thanks to all the volunteers who braved the water. Right now the plants we removed are sitting spread out along the pond banks and the creatures that were hiding in them are making their way back in to the water.
We often have European volunteers via the EVS scheme and today Hubert was with us:
Aujourd'hui une journe un me faire photographier dans les pommiers....
Apres ca nous voila dans un etang etrain de nettoyer la nature. Tres bon travailles avec des personnes assey sympas.
Today is the launch of the website and right now we are eating apple cake (with apples from our orchard where Hubert posed for the paper), blackberry pie and blogging! When you volunteer you can add your own blogs about our days out or comment on existing entries.