Monday, 14 April 2008

MP Visit

Our local MP visited the site last Friday to see how progress is being made with the extended reserve.

Conservative MP, Johnathan Djanogly was accompanied by District Councillors and staff, and the visit was hosted by the Friends of Paxton Pits and by Aggregate Industries.

After gathering at the Visitors' Centre, guests were transported by minibus to the top end of the site near Diddington. At that point there were two loud claps of thunder, the heavens opened and hailstones bounced all around, so not many birds were seen.

However, back at the centre there was an excellent buffet on offer and I was pleased to see that our guests stayed for some time to discuss their experience.

The main launch for the extension of the reserve will not be until June and, even after that, it will be some time before there is any access to the north for the public.

Last week volunteer Davy Jones and ranger Roland Fletcher finished planting out two fields of spring barley. Hopefully, two strips of wild bird cover mix will be sown using Paul Walsh's heavy horses.

Meanwhile a visitor has just been in to report the first nightingale and the first common tern of the year.

Summer is here!