CAN YOU HELP US FEED THE BIRDS?
As winter sets in and wild food becomes more difficult to find, we are asking for donations of bird food.
At present we buy mixed bird seed, sunflower seed/hearts, peanuts and fat balls. The seeds and nuts we buy from Poltross Enterprises at Haltwhistle and they deliver to the quarry office or to me to take to the reserve. They have a website, and their email address is Poltross@btopenworld.com. Telephone 01434 321111. They may not be the cheapest but the quality of their feed is very good.
Fat balls can be bought from various places in Hexham e.g.Poundstretchers.If you can bring some supplies to the reserve, please ring either Lara, office hours only, on 07765 644453 or Joan on 01434 673245. It is important to ring first, as the quarry isn't always open.
RECENT FUNGUS FORAY
We had a good sunny afternoon for our fungus foray with Gordon Simpson on September 29th. Numbers of toadstools were comparable with last year, but the range of species was rather different, probably due to the different weather. There will be a full account, and list of what we found, in the next Newsletter.
WINTER and SPRING EVENTS, 2019
Booking is essential for all the following events-please contact Joan on 01434 673245 or email email@example.com - leave your name and contact number and we will confirm.
A charge of £5 for non-members and £4 for members is made to support the upkeep of the reserve and raise funds for the activity room. These activities will provide excellent opportunities for photographs for an exciting new class at the 2019 Slaley Show
Circular Walk-Feed the Birds, January 13th, 1pm.
A walk of about one mile - you will need appropriate footwear and clothing. Sorry, but at the moment the route is not pushchair or wheelchair-friendly, but we are working on it. Accompanied children under 12 free. Admission includes bird food to fill the feeders.
Circular Walk-Feed the Birds, February 10th, 1pm.
Same arrangements as for the January walk.
Spring Walk - Bug Hunting and Bee Identification, March 10th, 1pm
Spring Primrose Walk
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS ARE ALSO BEING ARRANGED - MORE DETAILS WILL BE POSTED NEARER THE TIME :
May 12th - Nesting birds and Bird song
Owl Walk - Colin Jewitt
Woodcock Walk 1 - Colin Jewitt
Woodcock Walk 2 - Colin Jewitt
June 9th - Summer Walk - Pond Dipping and Wild Flowers
July 14th - OPEN DAY, 11am - 4pm
Nightjar Walk ! - Colin Jewitt
Nightjar Walk 2 - Colin Jewitt
August 11th - Summer Walk - Dragonflies and Butterflies
September 8th - Autumn Walk - Hedgehog Hotel
Bat and Moth Evening - Ian Hancock
September 28th - Fungus Foray
October 13th - Autumn Walk - Wild Fruits and Nuts
November 10th - Autumn Walk - Trygill Sculpture Trail
December 8th - Winter Walk - Feed the Birds
THE NEW ACTIVITY ROOM IS HERE!
Our new activity room now sits in a lovely sheltered and sunny site looking out over the reserve. It is light and spacious, dry and warm, and is already proving to be a wonderful facility for the reserve.
See the pictures HERE
New Bird Hide
Our two-person bird hide occupies an elevated position overlooking the big pond. It provides excellent views over the water and also into the reeds and willows surrounding the pond.
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