At the start of the week, Ruby and Andy helped me to clear the last few trees we had marked for felling during the tree health survey. We dropped an ash tree that was leaning alarmingly over the boardwalk, during which I managed to get very soggy feet. I suppose that's what I get for working at a wet fen! We also cleared the largest of the old Elms at the entrance to the Butterfly trail, to stop dead branches falling onto the path. I have tried to make the stump look like the tree snapped naturally, but I don't think I've managed to fool anybody. Hopefully however, the high stump will become a nice patch of dead wood for lots of insects to find a home in.
|Me next to my not so artfully carved Elm stump.|
|Andy with his superbly erected owl box.|
|Wild Campers can now watch Barns Owls swooping gracefully to their new home.|
|Jack, Andy and Carol enjoying working in the sunshine before stopping for a picnic docky break.|
|My attempt at wildlife photography from a tractor cab with a camera phone. Not sucessful!|
|The mowing, however, was much more successful.|
And finally, the cute picture of the week, that some of you may have seen on Facebook. This is Swift our newest foal. She is now two weeks old and Niki informs me she is already brave enough to eat her pockets.
|Swift with mum Yara.|