At the last session (1st April) we walked the route of the proposed new zig-zag path (to be the Mike Todd path) and did some clearing (handsaws etc) on it at the top end on the old forestry track. The heavier stuff (fallen conifers) will require chainsaws. Nearer to the bridge the proposed route would require a lot of step building as the ground is quite steep, so Pete and I considered some variations to the route which could reduce the number of steps needed.

dormouse;DORMICE – AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM JEN:

This year’s dormouse surveys have begun – please could people keep well away from any nest box and keep dogs on leads so the dormice are not disturbed too much. Broad and Treovis Wood boxes are first up, with 8 boxes to replace, then it will be Colquite. And how about this, just arrived from Jen, who’s been out busy checking boxes as I’ve been writing! Just so impossibly adorable!

Hot off the press from this morning: a photo of a torpid dormouse; just the one but that’s a start! But also we were welcomed by loud bird song from Willow Warblers and Blackcaps in the willows by the barn then a distant Mistle Thrush and several Chiffchaff. Interesting to note that there were no bird nests in the boxes. It is a late spring but hopefully all will balance out in a few weeks.