Bench banter

Being in lockdown has made me reflect on just how lucky we NNR staff are to work outside on our beautiful reserves! Its not just the scenery and wildlife that I’m missing already but the people that we work with. Our Wednesday volunteer sessions have always been the highlight of my week. I’ve never met such a hard-working and determined bunch who are not put off by rubbish weather and welly-fulls of bog water. The practical work they do is vital to the running of our NNRs and we always have a good laugh whilst doing it.

Our most recent volunteer work party task (pre-lockdown of course) was installing two benches at Blawhorn Moss NNR to improve the visitor experience at this site. Although this might sound fairly simple and straightforward, like most outdoor practical tasks there are always hidden obstacles and it was a great opportunity for some team building!

The benches were designed to be installed on peat so they had extremely long legs which meant digging to the centre of the earth. But despite the sleet and wind the volunteers got stuck in.

And of course there is always time to sit back, marvel at our handiwork and enjoy the view!

Following the latest clear instructions from the government for everyone to stay home, our volunteer work sessions have been suspended but if you would like to get involved when we are up and running again then get in touch with us. We cover a wide range of activities across three NNRs, from practical conservation work, such as invasive non-native plant removal and scrub clearance, to tasks that improve and maintain visitor access and facilities.

In the meantime we will be keeping you virtually connected with us and to nature through our social media so make sure you keep checking our blog, Instagram @flandersmossnnr and Facebook @FlandersNNR until we’re back out there for real.

In these challenging times we hope that our volunteers and everyone else is keeping well and staying safe at home!

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