Open day review

No Fooling!

It might have been April 1st, but there were no pranks.  The sun shone down on a glorious open day to inspire you for our freshwater habitat competitions.  If you couldn’t make it, you can read back in the seasonal diary for some highlights and read on, here, to see what you missed!

Firstly, Adrian Chalkley showed us what he had found by pond-dipping.  His specimen tank was teeming with invertebrate life:






At 11.00, Lord Cranbrook led a tour of the river Fromus, the long pond and the round pond for budding environmentalists and aspiring poets.






As the unmissable obvious highlight of the reserve, visitors then encountered John Rainer “mound man” on the medieval earthwork taking us back in time to the Bigod deer hunts.






As you wandered round, the floral delights to particularly notice were the blackthorn blossom and the banks of yellow primroses.  Ground ivy is present and the clumps of bluebells are spreading.






Then you were free to roam the reserve and absorb the quiet beauty of the gorge, listen to the birds, and say hello to our friendly cows (they love carrots and apples if you happen to be visiting!)






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