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The Destruction Continues

Saturday 21 January saw the Pierrepont conservation volunteers cut down the last of the rhododendron growing in the area between the bridle path running through the farm, and the river. The otherwise very vigorous rhododendron stumps will be killed off later in the year by the local application of a herbicide.

After over seven years of intermittent but steady effort the volunteers are now within easy sight of clearing the whole Tankersford woodland of what was at one time a very substantial area of this invasive pest.

On the same date the last of the “small-hole” bird nest boxes were put in place within Tankersford. This winter has seen a concerted effort on the part of the conservation volunteers to rehang, clean out, refurbish and repair the existing nest boxes and the manufacture – assisted by the Aldershot Scouts – of a number of new boxes. A grand total of 45 boxes now await occupation.

Volunteers hard at work demolishing rhododendron

Volunteers hard at work demolishing rhododendron

....and then, having done so, enjoying a welcome brew up.

….and then, having done so, enjoying a welcome brew up.

 

Easter Scarecrow Competition (picture )

Marshmallows over a campfire as the
Saturday Club participants receive their awards

 

IMG_2958 x2On Saturday we celebrated the completion of the Saturday Safari Club’s year-long programme with a small campfire and lots of marshmallows!

After playing a few of our favourite nature-related games that we have played over the year, we settled down around the fire toasting our marshmallows. IMG_2960 - Copy

 

 

 

 

Then came the time to award the children with their John Muir Award certificates, which they had been working towards throughout their time at the club. This is a recognised environmental award scheme focussed on getting people out into wild places and working to conserve them.

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Thank you to all the families who took part in the Saturday Club over the last year and helped to make it the special experience it was. We hope to see you all again at future events at Pierrepont Farm.

The Saturday Safari Club programme will begin again later this month with a new group of children (now fully booked), which will hopefully be just as successful and enjoyable as this one.

 

 

Helping the birds and insects this winter

After Surrey saw some snow last week, the participants of Pierrepont’s Saturday Safari Club braved the cold weather to help some of the wild residents on the farm and in their gardens at home. We made a selection of mini bug houses and bird feeders, including some pretty teacup feeders for the more ‘fancy’ birds!

bug houses and bird feeders

Happy Christmas from Pierrepont Farm

Calf with a Xmas Hat