We are continually striving to make the Nature Reserve a more interesting place for the local community.
In 2013 -2014 we built the Activity Trail and we have further projects planned for the future – so we need your help!
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We worked with Mike Barter, a local Artist and Sculptor who carved 4 beautiful oak sign posts for the site. These show the name of each area of the site and feature the wildlife on the reserve. The reverse of the sign post has a design which can be ‘rubbed’ with crayons, and other information about the wildlife featured on the post. We hope to involve one of our community groups who volunteer on a regular basis in working with Mike on a future sculpture project, possibly designing a bench or creating other natural features on the nature reserve. The posts were installed in November 2016 and January 2017. Funding for this project came from a legacy left by one of our early supporters.
New Pond Dipping Platform
Our existing pond dipping platform, which we build in 2010, is beginning to show its age! It is also not big enough now for our community group visits so we plan to construct a new platform. This project is currently on hold as we need to clear the reeds in the pond (planned for autumn 2018) and we are not sure where the digger will need to gain access.
We began building the ‘living’ Willow Dome in January 2013 using willow branches cut from the willow arch, constructed in January 2009. Two of our local community groups of Girl Guides are regularly working on this project.
New Bug Hotel
The old bug hotel was built in January 2010 and the bugs definitely needed a new home. This project was completed by the Guides and other young volunteers in 2016. The new hotel is a bigger structure and has a green roof with plants to attract insects and make the bug hotel interesting to look at. We managed to re-cycle most of the old hotel into the new hotel, and make additional layers to attract more wildlife. thanks to all who donated broken plant pots, shells, collected fir cones etc.