Thursday, 6 June 2013

歡迎 - Sunday 2nd June

Or for the few Friends not conversant with mandarin.

If you haven't guessed it already, last Sunday we decided to give the front of house a bit of a face lift, by repainting the very faded front sign (a lot of people didn't even know we had one), adding a touch of colour to the rather drab tables and benches and spring cleaning the block paving and car park area.

Friends carrying out extensive bench tests

The raised pond that we renovated a couple of months ago, is now starting to benefit from the new plants, and has started to look an attractive visitor attraction, for the many damsel and dragon flies, that have burst forth across the reserve during the last couple of weeks.

There's life in the old pond

Talking of which, a certain bloke with a camera, had to be dragged away from the planting tanks in the wall in front of the Centre, from which yet another Damselfly (possibly Common Blue) was emerging - amazingly two Broad bodied Chaser Dragonflies have also emerged from these small tanks

The Damsel larva climes a reed heading for a new life

Now he's just a shell of his former self - or should that be the other way round?

It seems, that our ponds are not the only things HESC insects find attractive - this fluorescent beetle or possibly weevil, seemed to think our Treasurer was a good place to park for a bit of morning sun.

Anyone able to identify this chap?
We will be carrying out similar tasks on the first Sunday in July - please feel free to come and join in. We can offer free tea, coffee and bickies and plenty of fun.

I promise you - helping make HESC look good, makes you feel good.

Photographs © Tony Bedford

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