New Beginnings

Today marks the end of my first week as a Residential Volunteer at Fairburn Ings and St. Aidan’s nature reserve.

I will be spending 6 months (Sept-March) as a residential volunteer; shadowing the Intern and Assistant Warden. Maintaining the reserves, expanding/building paths and doing my bit for nature.

I’ve also had a crack at identifying moths caught in moth traps, it’s much more difficult than birds and my book really doesn’t do some species justice.


Burnished Brass
Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis). The glossy green patches colour shift under light from green to golden yellow.
Frosted Orange
Frosted Orange (Gortyna flavago); Found on 7th Sept.

Jobs Count:

  • Path Making
    • Laying down a membrane, topping with limestone rubble and then a finer top layer
    • Raking
    • Spazzling (or using a spazzle?)
  • Brush Clearing
    • Raking mostly
    • Cutting shrubby Willow
  • Filling in holes/ditches/trenches
  • Filling up bird feeders

Species Count:

  • Red Kite
  • Curlew
  • Greater Spotted Woodpecker
  • Lapwings
  • Willow Tit
  • Bittern
  • Kestrel
  • Weasel
  • Burnished Brass (Moth)
  • Frosted Orange (Moth)

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