|The River Avon on the left borders South Efford Marsh on the right.|
|The spot where the fish traps were laid.|
When the children arrived we helped the contractors who were laying paths for Devon Wildlife Trust bed them in by being the first to walk them! On the way we noticed how many more flowers had grown on the Gorse.
|The freshly laid path by DWT, bordered by willow.|
|The Gorse is really coming in to bloom!|
|Pond dipping and fishing in the creek.|
|Children enjoying watching the shrimp.|
It certainly is warming too..slowly! We measured the temperature which 2 weeks ago was 12.9C and yesterday read 13.1C despite it being a considerably chillier day!
We also put a small fishing rod in to the creek baited with a mealworm...the children took turns to hold the rod but alas no nibbles today.
Despite having not caught any fish the children enjoyed watching the erratically jumping shrimp and witnessing South Efford Marsh slowly come alive as we approach the clocks going forward this weekend.
After the session I bumped into a local bird watcher who informed me that the first swallows had arrived at South Efford Marsh that afternoon! We will have to keep a good look out for them next week!
Next week we will be laying pitfall traps and also Longworth traps to see what insects and small mammals are lurking in the undergrowth!
As far as the Otter are concerned here is a fab video of an otter that was filmed at South Efford Marsh very recently... (Feb 2014)
|A clear path made by Otter down to the creek!|