Tuesday, 31 May 2011

First SpringWatch Fayre a success despite weather

Good numbers of local people turned up on Bank Holiday Monday, despite the poor weather, to enjoy guided walks, local food, beekeeping, storytelling and wildlife art, carving and photography. With support from Brackenwood Nursery, Avon Wildlife Trust set up a demonstration wildlife garden and offered gardening advice and plants to support wildlife. Hedgehog Rescue volunteers are shown in the picture, taking a break from their children's activities based around this charming creature, which was once so common and now more rarely seen. The Trust's web site for reporting hedgehog sightings (or not), and anecdotes, was also demonstrated.

A big thank you to all exhibitors and participants, and to the public who braved the elements.
All agreed we should have another SpringWatch Fayre next year, so lets hope the sun shines on us then!

Friday, 20 May 2011

Brandon Trust help out for school group

The group pictured are our regular volunteer workers at Portbury Wharf, who have been coming every other Friday since last summer. Today they helped Neil lay an art trail along Wharf Lane leading to the 'Splash' sculpture in the far end of the smaller of the two Northern Pools. The group also pruned some hedge in the morning to allow the Highdown Infants group visiting in the afternoon, to get a better view of 'Splash'.

In the afternoon a Year 2 group from Highdown joined after lunch with our partners from Trinity School. They had spent the morning enjoying and learning about the artwork all around Port Marina and the Village Quarter. We looked at the environmental art of Andy Goldsworthy, marvelled at carved wooden chains, wiggly elm trees and giant tree seeds! The school group walked briskly back from the lake, gathering natural materials for their own environmental installation. All the children made brilliant sculptures.

Two more Highdown classes follow next week - look out for some pictures later.

Finally next week sees the final preparations in the run up to our first ever SpringWatch Fayre. Join us next Monday afternoon - May 30th from 2 until 6pm, for guided nature walks, art and photography, wildlife information and activities, good local food and ice cream. We are still looking for help during next week and on the day, please contact Neil on 07808 789 192.

Monday, 16 May 2011

The little owl was in its favourite spot again earlier today. We have also recently welcomed the cattle back on the reserve.

12 members of the Bristol Nats Invertebrate group came out to the reserve on Saturday afternoon for a field visit and carried out an invertebrate survey. We had lovely time- the rain held off- and recorded approx 65 species along the hedgerows and rhynes. My highlight was seeing the hoverfly Helophilus (sun loving). Photos to follow.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Portbury Wharf 5/5/11

Our first pair of Canada Geese hatched 3 goslings today.

Mother Goose first started sitting on the nest in early April but didn't like where it was and so she relocated to another nest scrape nearby on 6 April.....so about 1 month incubation is bang on cue!

Canada Geese have bred on our reserve every year since the pools were created in 2005.

We have had at least 3 Coot broods out on the water at time of posting.

Many of our ducks have 'disappeared' recently.....we should be seeing the fruits of their labour some time soon and we'll keep you updated on that too.