Rangers Diary

April 2016

April 2016

Hello and welcome back to all my readers,

April showers are what they say for this month, and it certainly did rain at the end of it. We had snow, sleet, hail and some sunshine! It has been quite a mixture of seasons into one month.

However summer is coming, I know this as the House Martins, Swallows and Swifts are back in town. They are looking lean flying machines, all slick and shiny feathers, all busily building their nests. The bluebells are in bloom along with the daffodils. I have seen a few Brimstone butterflies along with a few Red Admirals that have just come out of hibernation. So this is all very good news and if we do get a hot summer, for some of you, there may be a chance sighting of me in shorts unfortunately.

This month has also seen the event of the annual event of the duck race. This was held in Fishborne Roman Palace to start with and eventually we went over to the stream. Fortunately the sun was shining on us and the race was enjoyed by all. Thanks to all my helpers on the day, it was very much appreciated, and made the whole day go brilliantly or should I say swimmingly.

Also this month we have been busy repairing bird hides, cutting and slashing Rhododendron plants on Sandy Point, Hayling Island. Our volunteers have been busy with footpath maintenance at Snowhill creek, and installing electric fencing on Ellanore spit to protect nest sites for our Little Tern population. I would like to thank all of the Friends of Chichester Harbour for all their time and effort put in on the events. I would also like to thank our Volunteer Rangers for all your help with the extra workload undertaken. The Harbour has never been so looked after and cared for, long may this continue.

The Chichester Conservation Volunteers have also been tending Fishborne Meadows. They managed to remove nearly twenty bags of Hemlock Water Dropwort. The plant is not a problematic plant in most areas of the Harbour. However it is an issue there. The plant is a very thirsty plant and is easily spread by the copious seed heads. The plant overtakes all the other species on the site and this puts our precious orchids at risk of being killed off, another big thanks, to all of the CCV gang for your hard work. It is looking better already.

Well that's all from me for this month, stay tuned for Keith's Diary next month.

See you all while I'm out and about