The first 5 weeks of 2018 has seen fervent activity at Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve as the team has set about working on our Quarry Life Awards project with great gusto.
We received the excellent news that our Big Lottery Fund grant application had been successful, allowing us to proceed with the full project. The project plan has been reviewed and fine-tuned following receipt of this funding, which has allowed us to add more features and more habitat creation opportunities.
Whilst we await receipt of the quotes for the countryside furniture, the team were keen to begin work on a project to harness the enthusiasm that has been building following our acceptance into the QLA competition, so we began to construct the woodland bird feeding station.
On Friday 12th January, 7 volunteers salvaged wood for the viewing screen from the rubbish dumped by the travellers in the Plant Yard - an unexpected benefit of a recent dark moment in the site's history.
Then on Friday 26th January, 9 volunteers spent the morning moving the salvaged wood to site - this involved throwing the wood over the river, and then moving by hand to the work site.
The following day, 12 volunteers spent the morning building the viewing screen. Viewing slots at multiple heights were constructed to allow use by seated, standing and wheelchair using visitors. Bird feeders were hung from a specially constructed pole and the surrounding trees, and it didn't take long for the birds to find them!