Volunteering at Wheldrake Ings
30 Days Wild, day 1: I was expecting June when I woke up this morning, but it appeared to be November. We've had dark clouds and strong winds all day and the temperature peaked at 12.6°. At least it hasn't rained.
I've been to a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust volunteer task day at Wheldrake Ings. There was a good turnout and a variety of tasks to be done. We walked down to the far end of the reserve and had coffee in one of the bird hides.
Security camera? No, it's a wasps' nest in the hide
Moth on the hide window
One group of volunteers worked on a new section of boardwalk, while another group pulled out invasive Himalayan balsam along the river bank. I spent the morning brushcutting the footpath connecting the hides, to keep them accessible.
Laying netting to make it slip-proof
Brushcutting the path
After lunch in the hide, another volunteer took over the brushcutting and I pulled balsam. Even in the strong wind, the call of the curlew could be heard over the floodplain meadows and the shrill whistle of a kingfisher, a flash of blue hurtling along the river.
Himalayan balsam amongst the nettles
Scarlet lily beetle on a nettle
Cow parsley blowing in the wind
Buttercups in the meadow