Big Cat Photo’s by Phone…

I thought I would post some photo’s of the cats where I volunteer for Wildlife Heritage Foundation. But these photo’s are taken with my phone. ๐Ÿ™‚

Although I prefer my DSLR you can’t really take it round with you when your working on your volunteer day. ๐Ÿ˜€ Every now and then you get the opportunity to grab a shot of these stunning animals though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is Themba, he is now a proud dad with six cubs – well their not really cubs anymore but are adolescents and still getting up to mischief! ๐Ÿ˜€ Continue reading

RSPB Reserve update…

I thought I would give you an update on whats been going on at the RSPB reserve that I volunteer for, I have been a bit busy recently and have only now found the time to do this. ๐Ÿ™‚

The forestry work which was finished last year on this part of the reserve has been scraped and pushed into banks, mounds, ditches or bunds.

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This will be great for small insects, reptiles, solitary bees and wasps. In time the buried heather seeds will burst into life with the spring sunshine for the first time in five decades. Hopefully this will provide homes and habitat for the a fore-mentioned creatures and also help some of the rarer animals and birds here with food as well! There are also some shallow pools which will help invertebrate; unfortunately I didn’t manage to get any photo’s of these as this small bit is still out-of-bounds to all but the workers as they put the finishing touches to it. Continue reading

More volunteering from the RSPB reserve

This week on the reserve we were asked to go up to another site there. So the volunteers and staff made for a site where all the heathland has been restored properly and the dead hedging task had been completed to a certain point. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was very cold so work began straight away on clearing the remnants of saplings of more Scots pine; these hadn’t been taken out correctly,they should be cut at the bottom of stem under the lowest branches or taken up with the roots attached to it so they don’t come back ( in theory anyway).

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RSPB volunteering

Having volunteered for the RSPB for a couple of years I had to take time out from mid September to mid November. My dad was quite ill and I suffered a personal tragedy and lost my best friend. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I started back again and am really enjoying working on the reserve which is in South East England; it’s so great to be back and enjoying the wildlife, nature and to see how the reserve has changed in such a short while after not being there.

The views are quite spectacular now that the tree felling has stopped for the winter and the heathland is just starting to come back, with all the different variety of heathers just peeking through (there are 3 which I will update when I find out the names for them).

The Exmoor ponies have gone and will be back next year – they keep the grasses down and are a lovely addition to the reserve too! ๐Ÿ™‚

As I hadn’t been there for a while it was a little difficult to get back into the swing of things but I got there. ๐Ÿ™‚ We were given the task of making a dead hedge. This meant that we had to cut down the Silver birch and Scots pine round the edge of the heather and make the hedge from that – leaving any oak, blackthorn or any other varieties of tree left to stand. Continue reading