Hello and welcome back to all my readers,
Firstly may I say a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I can honestly say I do not know where the year has gone, it's just flown past. This month has been unusually warm and not right really for the time of year. The temperature seems to have put our wild life in a bit of a whirl. Only last week I saw a Red Admiral butterfly and a big fat Bumblebee out looking for a bite to eat. We all may think there are no flowers around this time of year. However most of our hibernating insects will get their nectar from Ivy bushes, which are still in fruit.
This is why we are a bit reluctant to cut ivy off of trees, unless it's causing a problem higher up the tree and causing it to bow. But more importantly it's quite a valuable rescue centre if the insects wake up too early.
We have only had a few Friends of Chichester Harbour work tasks this month; one of those was to cut back bramble at the Earnley Triangle nature reserve. I would like to thank all of you who attended this event. We also held an event at North Common, again cutting back the bramble to make a clearing for barn owls to use as a hunting ground. We know that there are owls on Hayling Island and we would like to encourage them into the area. I would also like to thank everyone who came to this event too. This was quite a hard slog and we all managed to get a huge amount completed.
We also had our annual Friends of Chichester Harbour Christmas party. This was a really good way to say thank you to all of you who attend our sessions albeit perhaps just one a year or all of them. Keith and myself could not do it all without your help. So hopefully those of you who came enjoyed the film, popcorn and mulled wine as a thank you gift. We all look forward to the summer one now, some of you said.
Next year we have already compiled a list of things that need doing, and the list is getting bigger day by day. I think I know how Santa feels now. There are a lots of Friends tasks coming up, and we are always looking for more to do. But for now I have more pressing appointments in the way of Christmas celebrations, chocolate eating, and huge roast dinners to get through, it is a tough life as a Ranger sometimes. However I think that I am up to the challenge, and with chocolate I am not a quitter.
So I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas and an even better New Year. Eat as much as you like and just enjoy it, I am going to and I am going to have to do lots of exercise in 2016. Well I might.
Merry Crimbo to all of you.