The Leas Ranger Team & Coastal Conservation Group – onwards & upwards!
Cable & camera work has taken priority this week, in preparation for Souter Springwatch – not too much left to do in the way of sighting cameras/positioning cables, just the technical stuff remaining now, which thankfully CCG volunteer and I.T. expert John Sullivan has very kindly agreed to do for us.He really is fantastic with this sort of thing, in fact I’ve already had a sneak preview of the projected images from ‘camera 1’ and they are superb!
On top of the routine grounds maintenance, coppicing and thinning work has continued on the ringing mound, with Volunteers Alex & Vinnie making a huge difference up there. The work will not only ensure more efficient trapping & ringing of birds, it will also create a much improved habitat for small mammals and butterflies – well done lads.
A special mention must also go to regular volunteer Jim Dunn who has again been a massive help this week, I spent a full afternoon on The Leas listening to Jim’s very funny stories while litter picking papers which had been blown in on the wind – such a good laugh and what a difference when we’d finished, everywhere looked fantastic – thanks Jim!
Mick and I were invited to South Shields Central Library in midweek, where we spent an hour or so assisting a local history group with their project on the social/natural histories of Marsden and the surrounding area. Hopefully this was just the first of many visits, as this is a truly fascinating subject and a great chance for us all to learn from one another..
Things are still a wee bit quiet on the ‘bird front’ but it is worth mentioning that a second waxwing was picked up in the hawthorn bushes along The Leas hedge on Friday morning. We also had one brief ‘ringing session’ this week (3 hours, Saturday morning) this resulted in 1 Dunnock & a re-trap Blue Tit – not a great return but things will get better as the year progresses – I promise!