Monday, 10 November 2014

Another Open Saturday

Can't get enough of FoHESC Open Days, with the warm and hospitable comforts of the Centre, the viewing gallery, FoHESC cafe, 2nd hand books, crafts, cards and toilet facilities?

 Well, after a very successful October Saturday opening, it's good news again this month!

Our 2nd
Open Saturday 
 22nd November  

10am to 4pm

 Guided bird-walks 10.30am and 2.30pm 
 (£1, warm clothing, suitable footwear advised)
2nd hand books - refreshments - crafts - cards - binoculars available

Come and enjoy the Reserve in late Autumn, see what winter migrants are on site, meet like-minded nature-lovers, and share your thoughts and ideas on what future events you'd like to see at HESC. 
 So, if you can't get enough of FoHESC Open days, we might see you on Sunday 16th AND Saturday 22nd November......? 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Sunday Work Party Honoured by Scouts Help

Many thanks to the Scouts from local explorer groups who joined with Friends last Sunday to make yet another assault on the willows that are attempting to turn the bund across the main lake into a forest.

Our young volunteers kindly interrupted their weekend camp on the outskirts of the reserve to join with our annual winter clear out of unwanted vegetation on the strip of land that divides the main lake - and which we hope will one day again provide an attractive stop over for migrating waders.

A well earned break for coffee and cake

The preparedness for which the Scout movement is renowned was amply and most welcomingly demonstrated when during the tea break they produced a large chocolate cake for all to share.

Jane and Neil lay claim to the longest root of the day

The work itself involved either pulling or digging up as many as possible of the hundreds of self seeded young willows in order that the roots could be removed and so prevent regrowth. 

Not all was destruction - Dave is planting some young alder around the KFB 
to  create some natural cover and help break down it's rather harsh profile

Like the willow harvested in previous months we will burn the produce of our labour to prevent it sprouting anew.

Our next Open Sunday is November 16th - We hope to see you then.

Photos courtesy of Malcolm Stewart