Gill and David volunteer on the Reserve in a number of guises - last Saturday they were showing visitors the wildlife from the Window and talking about Natural England including what we are doing on the Reserve. A summary of their day is shown below:
"A cold bright morning with strong breeze making it feel much colder than 6C. The scrape in the field in front of WOWL was full and there were 40 or more teal sitting on its edges with a few on the water; a couple of wigeon and 30 to 40 lapwings moving between a roost with gulls to the right of the scrape and the island on the scrape. A curlew not previously observed by the water took off and about 60 brent geese circled but decided not to land. Later three brent geese flew in with two leaving quite quickly while one stayed to feed on the island in the scrape (easy to for visitors to spot). A couple of redshank looked for food on the left of the island. There was a large flock of starlings in the scrape field and two mute swans in a field up towards the farm. So lots to show our 45-50 visitors who came from far flung places as usual: Penrith, Poulton, Bridlington, London, Dundee, Saudi Arabia.
The binoculars were well used and the telescope viewings were much appreciated by children and adults alike. We shared information about Natural England and the work done on the Reserve as well as details about the birds. As usual,the visitors also had lots of information to share with us.
An enjoyable mornings volunteering! Gill and David Sanders"