November 7, 2014
October 15, 2014
Over the last few weeks our Rangers have been busy replacing the old steps on Castle Bottom NNR with an extension to the existing boardwalk.
The boardwalk which takes visitors from one side of the stream and mire, helps make the slopes on either side a little easier, and this autumn with the help of our Thursday volunteer we have extended it up the slope on the Blackbushe end of site, replacing the old and eroded steps.
August 28, 2014
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Our forth and final Summer Fun activity on Wednesday was another great success!
In total 20 children took part in the session and helped Rangers investigate the murder of Derek the Duck who was found lying close to Stroud pond -the children’s mission was to pond dip in search of possible culprits in the watery habitat but also to discuss other possible culprits who might be found on land.
Those taking part explored the banks of Stroud pond and were able to use the pond dipping platform which was installed in 2012 -the platform was designed to sit low in the water, often remaining submerged, so that during drier periods children can continue pond dipping even when water levels drop too low for dipping from the banks.
Amongst the beasties found were dragonfly nymphs, Diving beetle larvae, diving beetles, water boatmen and a newt.
At the end the children considered their findings, voted on possible culprits and then on further investigation of the crime scene found that Derek had been killed by litter left on the Common. Everyone had great fun, with some children getting right down into the mud in search of creatures!
At the end all our investigators went away with a magnifying glass so they can continue their nature detective investigation in the future!