Talk by Countryside Ranger on the Downs Link

Around 17 people attended a talk by countryside ranger Geraldine Fewster at Copsale Hall by invitation of the hall committee on the 27th November. 

Countryside Rangers at Copsale Village Hall Duncan England introduced Geraldine who was assisted by fellow ranger Pauline Chandler and they both gave a fascinating talk illustrated by slides about the section of the link for which they are responsible. I certainly learned a lot about the link and was very impressed about the efforts that are made to vary the habitat along the route to make it suitable for both the public and the wildlife it supports.

There were a number of questions from the audience both during and after the talk, which were expertly answered. We also saw examples of the type nesting boxes that they had made for bats and birds.

Duncan thanked both the girls for coming along (especially as Geraldine had broken her foot!) and we finished off with tea and biscuits provided by Sheila Mayes.

DaveToye 2nd December 02

P.S. Both the rangers have kindly agreed to come along and help on the hall's planned nest box building day, which will be on a Sunday in January. Primarily for children - but anyone will be welcome to help build the boxes inside the hall. The materials will be provided at cost and hopefully we can get some feedback from participants in the Spring as to the types of birds they managed to attract.

Send me an email if you or your children wish to have more info about this.

Some useful links:

RSPB Mooney Goes Wild on One USGS Search for a plant.