Today has been a great but exhausting day. I’ve been walking around Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve doing my first bird survey. We saw and heard a range of birds including Kestrals, Blue Tit, Wrens, Buzzards, parakeets, an Egret and even a Snipe. Hopefully my skills will improve by going out and doing this solo without the skills of Neil Harvey from ECOS who was brilliant. I honestly can’t really tell the difference between the songs or what the smaller birds look like at all!
So after that we then learned about how to check the cattle they have grazing on the fields to make sure they are safe and sound. This is probably something I will be helping the guys do over the next few months as daily checks is pretty arduous for them given all the other stuff they have to do. Anyways It’s good experience and will get me used to being around cows which is a good thing because…
After all that I got home to find a lovely letter from the people at Grampus, saying my application to spend a month on an organic farm has been successful and I will be going to the Czech Republic for the month of July!!
I am so excited what a great opportunity to learn some new skills and see another country and for FREE! The farm sounds great although not actually many animals more trees and growing veggies etc.
The DESIRE program (Developing Environmental Skills in Rural Europe) is definitely up my street. The details of the what I will be getting up to can be found here. There’s also a journal from someone who did it last year, apparently I may be doing cheese making as well!
Will keep you posted on more details when I find them out.