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Friday, 7 September 2012

Wed 5th Sept 2012 - NatureZone, Blackwater.

This week saw the Green Gym at Naturezones just outside Newport.  The fact that there were lots of pitchforks and rakes, and a VERY large field with piles of hay, did rather give us a clue to this morning's task.  On a beautiful, very warm sunny day there were soon several groups raking up the hay.  As the field had been cut for a couple of days, we had to turn over the hay underneath so it could dry out, ready for baling.  Some beautiful wildlife in evidence were some harvest mice, a very spectacular dragonfly and four buzzards circling around hoping for a quick snack. 

The photograph shows a separate stack of hay which is not good enough quality to bale set aside for burning.

Naturezones was started in 2007 with the aim of maintaining a nature reserve to educate people of all ages about the importance of creating, sustaining and protecting biodiversity habitats for wildlife.  They also operate a wildlife education centre in conjunction with various organisations, including the Isle of Wight College and local environmental organisations, to train people in various areas including woodland management, meadow management, pond management and wildlife study. It also provides work experience to college students and facilities for teachers involved in wildlife education courses.

Many thanks to Carrie for the editorial and photograph.

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