A very cold March day. The ‘beast from the east’ and ‘storm Emma’ didn’t deposit a lot of snow in our area, certainly compared to much of the country, but temperatures fell below zero, freezing our ponds and creating some winter scenes. Here are some photos taken on Saturday morning 3 March.
Three early events for 2018. We held our annual winter pruning days on 27th January and 3 February.
Unfortunately it rained both days but it was not too heavy to prevent us pruning the whole of the Heritage Orchard. We thank Paul from the Northern Fruit Group for his help and guidance as well as our volunteers and visitors who took part.
As a bonus to brighten the dull days daffodils are flowering in Daffodil Walk leading down to the orchard.
The Great Twin Pond Dig:
Helen Greaves is part of the UCL (University College London) Pond Restoration Research Group. This group uses scientific research to underpin practical pond conservation and restoration action, especially in agricultural landscapes.
Helen is currently completing her PhD research which aims to assess the value of pond management for biodiversity conservation. Her work focuses on macroinvertebrate community assemblages and water chemistry analysis.
The ‘Great Twin Pond Dig’ is twinning the ponds of North Norfolk with those of West Lancashire – two areas of the UK that are rich in “marl pit” ponds. This project trials “Adopt a Pond” approach idea and has the aim of re-connecting people and farmers with their local farmland ponds and with pond ecology and restoration and also explore new ways of getting people to interact with aquatic biodiversity.
Helen advertised her project in local media and her talk was staged at our Information Cabin at the Reserve on 17th February. Following her entertaining and interesting explanation of the project and early scientific results we walked through the Reserve to the adjoining farmland where the marl pits had been cleared.
The walk was extremely muddy in places but we all arrived safely and gathered as Helen explained the clearance, on-going monitoring and controls.
The wet and windy weather abated for our Snowdrop Sunday on 18th February and the sun did make an appearance. We opened at 12 noon and the cafe was soon busy with visitors. Over 100 visitors came that afternoon.
The snowdrop path was clearly signposted for visitors
but there is always more to see in any walk through Cabin Wood
We also had some snowdrops for sale as visitors usually want some to take home.
We hope all our visitors had an enjoyable afternoon and will come back to see us soon.
A view from the skies. Stratus Imagery Aerial Photography have shared this sunset video at Gorse Hill taken on 7 January. If you have been on some of our Sunday walks across the Reserve can you recognise where these images are taken? These are views across North Meadow, North Wood and Margaret’s Meadow. You can see more images on our Twitter feed, the link is on the Home Page.