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This week the Sculthorpe Reserve has seen water levels rising after a number of downpours. Welly boots are essential at this time of year at Sculthorpe as one false step could lead to rather soggy feet!

The walkway between the Otter bridge and Jarvis hide is surrounded by water

Week 2 of Lockdown feels even more secluded than the previous. A slightly dubious walk around the reserve included navigating partially submerged boardwalks, and avoiding a couple of areas entirely. The reserve’s wet weather has left many of the beautiful autumn leaves enjoyed last week lining puddles and pools of water. 

The autumn leaves make way for winter

On route back to the Visitor Centre a quick inspection of the Dragonfly Hide’s green roof shows that the sedum has successfully taken hold. Behind the new hide, the meadow is looking rather soggy. A pair of mallards floating on a newly formed pool seemed to really be enjoying themselves.

The green roof on the Dragonfly Hide is looking great!

Rainfall has created temporary pools on meadowland

Lily (a member of the reserves skeleton staff) showed me the site of a new walkway that has been cleared recently. Located between the forest school and the Frank Jarvis hide the path will run through a corner of woodland and lead visitors to the new livestock building and eventually further into currently private areas of the reserve. 

Freshly prepared woodland ready for new walkways!

We hope that week 2 of Lockdown 2 has treated you kindly and that once again our updates have inspired you to pop your wellies on and spend time outside!

 

 

 

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