What can I say? My placement finishes on Thursday and I still can’t quite get my head round the fact that I won’t be driving down to Eycott Hill to struggle against the wind after this week. The nine months since I started have been brilliant, I have learned so much from this placement and I have picked up so many skills; from dry stone walling and fencing to writing blog posts and e-newsletters.
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!
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.
This month we have had courses in dry stone walling, post and wire fencing and top wire fencing, meaning that our volunteers who came on the courses will now be on call ready to repair the walls and fences at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.