We all find ourselves in challenging times dealing with the national emergency of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Unfortunately this means we’ve had to close the hide and car-park at Broomhill. Our trustees, along with most of our regular visitors and volunteers will be staying at home and complying with the government guidance.
For those local people who may be able to use local footpaths and view our reserves at Broomhill, Denby Delf and Thunderbridge as part of their daily exercise regime, we hope that they have been providing some healthy and inspiring respite during the lockdown.
Of course, spring is well underway now. The first migrants have been returning. Before the lockdown, the black-headed gulls had returned to Broomhill Flash and were noisily setting up territories, and the first little ringed plovers had returned to The Fleet. In the meadows and woods, the green shoots of spring were pushing up.
By the first week of April, in lovely sunshine, the first butterflies – commas, peacocks and small tortoiseshells were being seen.
Our Wings Across the Ings project was completed at the end of March. Unfortunately we were
unable to host our final two events – the photography and written word competition and
exhibition, and a celebratory event to mark the end of the project and to thank all our supporters.
We hope to reschedule these later in the year, so keep a look out on our events page or social media for updates.
We held one of the last educational events held at the hide was on 8th March. The pond, now
full from the very wet winter rains, proved of great interest to the kids, especially as some
frogspawn rescued from cart-track rut was introduced.
Some of the essential work on the reserves has had to be suspended but we hope that in due
course we can get about our normal business and finish off the fencing, the hide roof, new
birdboxes, landscaping, viewpoints and so on. Our farmer, Jonathan, will be turning his cattle out this month and nature will be carrying on as usual, so let us hope that things return to normal
In the meantime, stay safe and be careful.