Spring has well and truly arrived on the reserves with more fantastic wildlife to be seen every day. We may be nearing the end of our time here with the Trust but with residentials and more training in amongst all our normal day to day tasks, we Trainees are still keeping ourselves very busy and making the most of the time we have left.
The blustery weather at the beginning of the month meant we had a few fallen trees on fence lines to deal with, and whilst we were out and about with chainsaws we’ve also been carrying out some tree safety work on various sites.
I had a really enjoyable day when the West Mendip Volunteers ventured over to East Mendip to do some tasks at Withial Combe. They did a fantastic job of putting in some steps and repairing fence lines. I’ve been out with Liz and other members of the reserves team doing more fence work and attempting to hang new gates. I’ve also had a chance to practice my skills at rounding up Exmoor ponies as they have been moved on to their summer grazing sites.
The middle of the month was taken up by the final residential week and we welcomed the rest of the Wildlife Skills Trainees to Mendip, which you can read all about in its own separate post.
I’ve really been enjoying seeing Spring progress on the reserves, and much to my delight the emergence of different species of Butterflies. We had 8 different species whilst on a short visit to Yarley Fields one afternoon!
I ended the month doing a short tour of the South attending a few interviews! Keep your fingers crossed for me!
April has been quite a fun month for the trainees as we hosted the final trainee residential here in Somerset. We did a whole range of activities including a walk up Crooks Peak, bat detecting around Cheddar, caving, project development, CV and job application workshops and designing a forest school for the place we were staying. It was a fantastic week and a great opportunity to see how far we have come since the beginning of the traineeship. Also this month I took part in the two day otter surveying event organised by the Somerset Otter Group. I didn’t find any fresh spraint on the second day but it was still fun searching for traces of otter activity. We also had some amphibian training with Dorset Wildlife Trust this month where we saw a host of amazing amphibians including some great crested newts.
- Holly Blue
- Green-winged Orchid
- Red Kite!
- Great Crested Newt
- Moshatel aka Town Hall Clock
- Wood Sorrel