Monday, 28 January 2008

Voluntary Wardens' Outing

Last week we took our voluntary wardens out to Welney Wetland Centre for the afternoon. 42 (or was it 43?) of us went on the trip after a delightful buffet organised by Kirsty the Ranger.
Despite the very high water levels, there was plenty to keep us busy for a couple of hours. We shopped, drank tea and went across the road witness the afternoon feeding frenzy. Because of the deep water, the warden had to wear a full dry suit and, even then, could only reach halfway along the gallery frontage.
The deep water was not ideal for dabbling ducks but there was a lot to watch. The highlight for me was the site of three rare bean geese from the visitors' centre which later gave us a fly-past at the observatory.
The trip was funded by the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.