Out and About at Gorse Hill

Snowdrop Sunday 16th February.  Storm Dennis was the second major storm in a week to hit our area.  We hoped the weather would change and be kind to us for our Snowdrop Sunday.  Sunshine was forecast for the afternoon but, at first, the skies showed no sign of clearing.  Then came the hailstones!  Then came the sunshine!

Seldom Pond at high water
Photo by Su Haselton



The water level had risen in Seldom Pond, the oak tree island was underwater




Boardwalk underwater
Photo by Su Haselton




The boardwalk had submerged and had to be cordoned off to visitors






Minor flooding in cabin Wood
Photo by Su Haselton




Some water had spread into the woodland



Photo by Su Haselton






The snowdrops were out giving a good display




Buying some snowdrops
Photo by Su Haselton




We had snowdrop plants for sale as well as our delicious apple juice




Visitors wrapped up against the wind
Photo by Su Haselton



Our visitors came prepared for changeable weather





Snowdrop Path
Photo by Su Haselton




we did get some spells of sunshine







Visitors and sunshine!
Photo by Su Haselton



which our visitors enjoyed





The cafe was really busy during the afternoon with two volunteers serving and one in the kitchen washing up!  Another manned the sales trolley and braved the hailstones – well done Arron.

Thank you to all our visitors for making the day such a success.



Camera trap delights.  We have been putting out some camera traps in various woodland locations to see if we can capture some of the wildlife on the Reserve.  We have not been disappointed.  Here is a small selection of some of the clips:


A curious pheasant

Our Roe deer

Just having a yawn!












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