Well that was a wet and very windy month. Thankfully we did not have any major storm damage to our bird hides or trees in and around the harbour. However vandals did strike at Ella Nore bird hide and I had to repair it once again - though I have changed the design to make it harder for the vandals! I have also put up a new interpretation board next to the hide, so the area is looking great once again. It's worth going down there as I recently spotted a pair of Great Crested Grebes swimming off the point there.
Our Friends volunteers have been very active this past month with a total of 107 volunteers turning up to four different tasks. That equates to 214 man hours of labour. This is an amazing amount of help and we are very grateful for all their support.
We did a new project with the Volunteer Rangers on a very wet and windy day to construct a new "free floating" board walk at Fishbourne Meadows. The board walk is made from Polyurethane resin blend and is made to look like aged oak. It's called Millboard, made from eco friendly material and is very low maintenance and should last for many years.
We hosted another volunteer day with a group from Southern Electric in conjunction with Chichester District Archaeology Society, where we revisited some WWII gun emplacements and Pillboxes on Thorney Island, to clear vegetation off the structures.
Other repairs I've carried out include replacing the wire over a footbridge which came from a report via one of Harbour Watch Volunteers. The Harbour Watch Volunteers are invaluable to us as they are our eyes on the "ground" and report back to us any problems that we may missed.
Lastly I spent two days last week installing new Barn Owl and Bat Boxes at various locations around the AONB with our Farming and Wildlife Officer with kind permission from the landowners. Let's hope we get owls and bats breeding in their new homes.