|Volunteers in our yard. |
How would we manage without them?
I haven't actually sorted it all out yet. Recent events tend to dominate the mind and make it hard to make a decent evaluation of the year as whole, but I'll have to do it because I'm going to St Ives to give a talk about it next week. Then there will be the Friends AGM to report to as well.
The national papers are all full the Jubilee, Olympics and the Paralympics as being the year's highlights. I agree with all that; all the rest of the news is pretty glum. But what about my year and what about Paxton Pits?
|New bird-watching platform under construction.|
My morale got quite a boost from winning the 2012 BBC Wildlife Magazine Nature Writer of the Year award and I'm looking forward to taking my prize in July when I should be going to Arctic Norway to study sperm whales. We decided that Costa Rica was too far so went for Norway instead, but it turns out that it takes two days to get to where I'm going; even by plane.
Recently we have got weaving on some new projects to improve accessibility and give better views to the public on the Heronry Trail. These include a new screen at post 17 and a new birdwatching platform at the mound. A dragonfly watching platform has been ordered for the new pond, which has been adapted to hold more water. So there's lots of good news.
|The Hayling Pit, frozen.|
Anyway, lets put 2012 behind us for now and look forward to New Years Day. We have a great event for visitors and the weather forecast is quite good. I'm hoping to prize loads of money out of our visitors by asking them to give me 10p for every bird species I show them. We could see 50, but 30 would be good.