(This page was last updated on Wednesday 18th January 2017 12:18pm)
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BNR Work Party
Saturday 28th Jan.
9.00 – 11.00
Possibly repair the old hide knee space roof.
Jobs for Feb Work Party.
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Happy Christmas to all our visitors. A special thank you to all those who have volunteered at the working parties. Please continue to support the Reserve next year in any way you can (volunteering, donations, 200 club, buying cards and calendars)
Look at the fence along Court Farm Lane and decide on how to proceed with tightening it.
Equipment needed:- wheel barrows, shovels, rakes. We do have some of the latter at the reserve but only 1 wheel barrow.
We will hopefully finish a little early, then coffee on me at the Silk Mill Café.
Tina Warden and Trustee
Just a small sample of the work carried out last Saturday at the Working Party.
Tina bought along some more items to construct a second bug hotel (close to the path on the north side of the lake). Yo and Tom spent the session creating the hotel.
In the meantime, Mark and Margaret thinned out some of the unwanted saplings on the primrose bank. The spoil from this was used by Tina, Andy, Marion and Jon to re-build some of the barriers which have collapsed over the past few years.
Three barriers were repaired. One next to the seat on the north side of the lake to stop people and animals from falling in the lake.
One at the bottom of the steps on the Court Farm entrance to discourage people from walking along the south side of the lake, where the geese use the small areas of grass for grazing.
And finally one near the public footpath exit into the orchard to prevent people from walking along the top of the steep bank on the south side of the lake.
John Clifford, who was not only instrumental in the acquisition of the Nature Reserve for the village, but spent much of his spare time managing the Reserve. His love of nature and skills as a woodworker have transformed the Reserve into what it is today. It was therefore only fitting that the trustees decided to remember him by commissioning a special seat to be installed in the Reserve overlooking the lake. It has been designed and created by a local craftsman utilising a huge beech tree stump donated by The Dumbleton Estate.
Although not yet finished, the trustees and friends of the Reserve were treated to a preview of the work so far. We were all very pleased with the result, especially John's wife Madelene who said it was 'very John'.
The seat has been decorated with various natural images such as leaves and an acorn. The rear of the seat, which is circular in shape has been carved with the twelve sectors of a clock - another of John's loves. We all can't wait for it to be finished and installed in the Reserve - it will certainly be a popular feature of the Reserve.
Tasks for the Working Party on October 29th include...
If time and energy left, we will cut down the small saplings on the Primrose Bank.
Dates have been proposed for the winter working parties, while the Reserve is relatively quiet.All Saturdays...
As usual, meet at the New Hide and sign in. Details of work to be undertaken and tools/equipment required will be posted on the web site with posters at the reserve 2 weeks in advance.
Please try to make the time available - the more people we have the quicker we can get the work done and 'down to the coffee shop'.
The first jobs will be to...
Attach the new signs to the gates.
Weed the SSSI
Rake up the grass on the North Bank,(assuming it has been cut!)
2017 Calendars are now in stock - buy early!
The easiest way is to order via the on-line shop from this website - no minimum orders have been imposed, but if you require posting a flat rate of £5 will apply. Local deliveries are free.
Of course you can always get them at the Village Shop. Next year's calendar has some excellent pictures, taken as always by our local photographers.
Tina managed to collect enough material to construct one larger sized bug hotel to replace one of the smaller ones already in the reserve.
Three adults and two children took a whole day to build the new hotel last Friday. We started by digging a recess in the northern bank to make sure the new hotel would be roughly level. Then each of the 4 floors were built up and then stuffed with various bug friendly items. Wooden stakes were used to secure the hotel to the ground to prevent movement over time.
To make sure the hotel would be dry and cosy for the residents a section of the old hide roof was placed on top. Finally, to prevent the local deer population from dismantling the hotel, which happened to one of the old hotels, the whole structure was covered in chicken wire.
The new hotel is clearly visible from the northern footpath and we are now waiting for the first residents to arrive. In fact, some of the garden refuse used in the construction already had some live snails attached, so they will have a head start!
This summer we plan to rebuild the “bug hotels”. Our current hotels, which were built a few years ago during one of Beckford Open Garden weekends, have seen better days and now need a re-vamp. If you are not sure what a 'Bug Hotel' is, just have a good look at the picture to the right. Basically, it's a pile of old rubbish fashioned into suitable habitat for a variety of insects. It is not difficult to build (see instructions below), so if you have any of the items listed below, or would like to get involved in the re-build program let Tina know via email (email@example.com) or leave a message at Beckford shop and she will come and collect...
Tina Brown Trustee and Warden (firstname.lastname@example.org) - I have pallets, straw, and wood (with and without holes!)
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Despite the very cold wind this morning a few people turned up (6 of us) to complete some of the tasks on Tina's list (see below).
Some of the steps on the north bank needed some new supports for the log steps, also some of the logs had rotted away and needed replacing.
The woven barrier on the west end of the lake, just below the steps from Court Farm Lane had finally collapsed and was replaced by a more substantial barrier, which we hope will last longer and be easier to repair in the future.
The main entrance gate from the Ashton Road had become rusty and a repainting job was started at the last working party. This was finished off today, so we now have a 'posh' looking gate.
The new bench, in memory of John Clifford is nearly ready for installation, so some preparation work was required to accommodate the bench and allow users of the bench to have a good view over the lake. Some brambles that would obstruct the view were cleared, the path nearby was tidied and the edging repaired. The new bench will replace the old bench, which has now seen better days.
Our Nature Reserve needs regular care to ensure the wildlife flourishes. This costs money - so please support our Reserve by buying Cards and Notepads, making a donation or joining the 200 Club for a monthly cash prize. You have a number of ways you can do this ...
Call in at the Village Shop to buy cards/notepads or make a donation
Drop a donation in the box attached to the southern hide
The simplest way - go to our on-line shop where you can choose how you help
Join the club by buying one of more tickets to enter the monthly draw - your chances will be much higher than the National Lottery or the Premium Bonds.
The winning tickets numbers are drawn each month by a member of the public in The Beckford, and winners will receive their prize within the week. Every member of the club (i.e. those who buy at least one ticket) will receive a list of the winners just before the 'renewal date' for membership. The monthly winners will be posted on this website and on a notice in Beckford Stores.
Please contact Jayne or Dave Allchurch on 01386 881282 for more information about joining the club or go to our on-line shop to buy your tickets.
Current and past winners can be seen to the right...
There are two hides around the lake to observe the population of the lake. One hide on the south side of the lake is totally enclosed. This hide is secured by a combination lock - if you wish to use the hide, please contact one of the Nature Reserve trustees for the latest combination number. The hide contains a log book to log any sightings you may have while visiting the Nature Reserve (although a better and faster way to register sightings is via the sightings page on this website.
The second hide on the north side of the lake is specially designed to accommodate wheel chair access and is open at the rear. This hide was sponsored by the Evesham Round Table in memory of Rupert Ellis who was a prominent member of the Round Table and one of the dedicated group of volunteers who arranged for the purchase of the Reserve from Huntsman's Quarries. A plaque has been erected on the hide in his memory.
The logs contained in the South Hide are regularly taken down and made available on this website - just use the menus above to access the various reports.