Danger to life

Well, not quite the start to 'Spring' we were hoping for!


We currently have snow drifts in excess of three feet at the Home Reserve, and whilst this reserve looked beautiful in its white banket yesterday, this mornings' dawn walk around the site revealed last night's 100mph winds have caused a fair bit of damage.


The photograph with this report shows 'Alfred's Tree' down on the floor; a mature spruce tree which was used by a miriad of different bird species for both nesting and roosting. It was heartbreaking to see both it down, and two adjacent trees also damaged by the gales. We will however have a replanting session as soon as the snow clears, and will ensure that these lost habitats are replaced - though it will take a good few years to recover what we lost last night.


The herons are sat tight on their nests; they are on eggs so we hope that all is well up in their treetops. The oldest herons did nest lower-down than usual this year...how could they have known???


The 'team' will be down on the reserve this weekend repairing the damage, and assessing what other works are now required. We hope that all our supporters are safe, well, and warm.


 


Nigel

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