9th January: Snow go
Today was a Conservation Day on Eycott however, it was also one of the coldest days for a while. It was so cold on Eycott that it snowed, so we did a spot of dry stone walling in the snow. This was interesting as I’ve never done dry stone walling before, however despite wearing gloves my fingers still got extremely cold. After seeking warmth in the cars we decided to call an early finish to the day as the weather conditions weren't ideal!
14th January: Squirrels for Collection
Today Bonnie (Red Squirrels Officer) and I went to go and collect the cameras that we had set out previously on a private estate. It was extremely wet and windy so it was not as fun collecting them as it was putting them out in the sun. When we got back we went through the cameras to see the results, there were two grey squirrels and a lot of roe deer, unfortunately no red squirrels!
15th January: Leafy Bin
Kate (Gosling Sike Gardener) had a conservation day on today so I helped out. My job, along with other volunteers, was to help with the construction and the filling of a leaf compost bin in the garden. This is a bin full of tree leaves that when broken down creates an excellent compost. Afterwards, Malcolm and I finished building the rest of the bird boxes that I hadn’t finished previously. So I had a lovely afternoon talking to Malcolm and building bird boxes.
21st January: Misty View
At Eycott today for a conservation day which included odd jobs and such, like fixing a broken gate and a collapsed wall. However, we soon realised we had forgotten the wrenches to fix the fence, meaning that one of us had to walk all the way back to the truck to go and get them. Unfortunately, we couldn't do anything whilst we waited for the wrench. However, to our surprise we found a very old tennis ball in the vegetation and played catch to pass the time.
27th January: Bird Boxes
Today I helped put wire mesh on the boardwalk by the pond at Gosling Sike. The boardwalk gets really slippery when it is wet so by putting wire mesh down it reduces the slip hazard. Malcolm and I spent the rest of the day putting up bird and bat boxes that we had previously built and painted around Gosling Sike gardens and office.