Nine months ago I began a marine conservation traineeship led by Cumbria Wildlife Trust in conjunction with The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The 26th January was a beautiful day at Eycott Hill. The sun was shining, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and I was surrounded by a whole bunch of friendly, motivated people, all keen to get stuck into the day’s tasks.
If you haven’t read my last blog post, you won’t know how wild and wintry the weather was at Eycott Hill last time, when I had the chance to try my hand at dry stone walling.
What a difference a week makes!
After unexpected extensive media coverage this week, a huge number of vehicles have been turning up to the area, but unfortunately it cannot cope. There is no car park at the reserve. The SSSI area has been severely damaged by vehicles driving and parking on the verges. We are thrilled to have this wildlife spectacle happening at one of our nature reserves this year. The starlings are on the brink of moving on from the area and we ask that perhaps people avoid visiting at this time.
Listening to the weather forecast for my first day’s volunteering with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, it sounded foreboding. Tales of high winds and heavy snow brought me visions of battling a blizzard all day long.
As warned by Kate CD, blogging regularly would become more and more difficult to fit in as Isaac and I got busier at the Trust – so this my attempt to squeeze two packed months into one blog post. Hope you enjoy!