News from Jo Day for September 2013

  • Fun Guys at Sandscale

    16:14 30 September 2013
    By Jo Day

    Following on from August blog the remaining events were very successful including our Sand sculpture competition which involved four categories:
    Tallest castle, 

    Anything goes, 
    Sea Creatures (Was destroyed before a photo)

    Castle I would most like to live in.

    Now the weather has turned and it is now autumn the scrub bashing shall begin with help from our wonderful volunteers. Wildlife particularly birds tend to live on the leading edges of densely scrubbed areas. By breaking up scrub we’re forming a mosaic of habitats and allowing for a more diverse ground flora. 

    Three of our volunteers working hard

    But lunch is always the best part of the day with a great deserving cup of tea.

    It’s the time of year again for fungi; this year has been a really good year for it. The wet spring and the dry summer have really brought out the fruiting bodies.
    There have been some real beauts turned up at Sandscale including:

    The Blackening Wax cap 

    The Splendid Wax cap
    Keep an eye out on the estuary as our winter waders are starting to come in:

    The Redshank (Identifiable because of its orange legs and beak) 

    The Ringed Plover (Identifiable because of its white bib and black collar)
    August saw a new member to our team introducing Vicky Cooney our new long term volunteer ranger we hope she has many happy months with us.
    Just an average day.
    Hi I have been volunteering at Sandscale for four years during college and university where I studied Environmental Management, when I finished Jo and Neil took me on as there full time volunteer. I am very grateful for this opportunity and couldn’t be happier to work with such a great pair. Every day brings new challenges and there is never a dull moment whether it be building a fence or working with children at our events. Time definitely fly’s when you’re having fun and I look forward to the new adventures ahead!

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Having looked across the Duddon Estuary to the lakeland fells for 3 years it was time to jump across and start working for the West Lakes team. It has been a big leap from a sand dune system but I'm getting stuck into the more practical side of "Rangering" and sharing my love of the ecological side of things with my new team. Hopefully I'll see you at our 50 things events here in Wasdale!?