On a blustery, overcast morning it threatened rain without ever quite delivering. This is the time of year when fledged young are everywhere though some, like our Black-necked Grebes, are already on the way southwards to their wintering grounds. Migration from further north is also gaining pace, so Read more...
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On Monday 17th May Lizzy Hill joined the Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve team as our full time warden.
Spring closing time of 20:00 hrs (8:00pm) commenced on Sunday 28th March and will remain in operation until further notice
The Reserve remains open during the latest covid restrictions from 08:00hrs (8:am) until 20:00hrs (8:00pm) but permit holders and all visitors are reminded to adhere to all government guidance and advisory cautions on travel, social distancing and household mixing at all times.
In addition we will be limiting the capacity of all five hides, so there will only be seating for ten people at any one time, In the light of this we won’t be able to accept group visits for the moment. Wardens will also be asked to give seating priority to visitors. All hide doors and windows MUST be kept open when hides are occupied and hands should be sanitised after handling locks, gates etc. so please bring hand sanitiser with you, though we will also provide a sanitising station below the Morgan Hide. While we aren’t requiring face masks to be worn in hides, we would appreciate people using them.
The paths inside the bed have been cut wider to allow adequate passage space to eliminate the need for the previous one-way system. PLEASE NOTE: There is only one footpath on No3 bed which runs in a circle inside the perimeter bund with signposted access paths leading off to the various hides. All other tracks you may see are access tracks for maintenance work or warden survey workers which will be signposted, ‘No Entry’ or taped off. Please do not enter these tracks. At times you may see unmarked tracks to ringing nets when bird ringing is in process, PLEASE DO NOT approach these nets as your presence will agitate any birds caught and may lead to injury to the birds. All bird ringers are licensed by the British Trust for Ornithology.
Colin Woolf has kindly supported the Woolston Eyes Conservation Group with unique original artwork for the covers of our Annual Reports over many years. Colin’s last artwork for us was for the cover of our 2019 Annual Report, a watercolour of a female Garganey with six chicks, check it out via the link below.
This painting has been sold but please have a look at Colin’s paintings and drawings via the following link to his website, Colin Woolfe Fine Art, were you can purchase an original piece or a print.
Visitors will know that work started in 2020 on the improvement of No.4 bed wetland for nature. Due to the use of heavy machinery and earthworks, health and safety concerns dictate that the whole of the bed is officially closed to visitors whilst the development work is in progress. All access is restricted to persons involved in the development and all persons must sign in at the site office on entering and must wear Hi-vis jackets or vests and hard hats for visibility and protection.
Updates on the progress of the improvements will be posted on the Woolston Eyes Facebook pages and the website www.woolstoneyes.com as the development progresses. Please read our January 2020 Newsletter in the scrolling ‘News Section’ for the latest update. We ask all our permit holders, wardens and members of the public to please refrain from entering the site, follow the news updates and await the official re-opening which will be announced.
W.E.C.G. - Woolston Eyes Conservation Group
If you have ever considered getting more involved in the Reserve then why not help us as a volunteer on a regular basis or on occasional days or projects? Email us through the website contact tab preferably, but via mobile also between 08:30 and 16:00 hours on 08731230181.