The Easter break for schools is now with us, and this always signals the start of Spring for me and all at the Centre. For the next two weeks we are open to the public every day of the week, as well as the weekends and bank holidays.
Easter is often a busy time for us, with lots of people wanting to get out of the house and enjoy the (hopefully) nice weather and longer days... don't forget, clocks go forward tonight! Easter also tends to be when we start thinking about longer days for us... we can enjoy the next couple of weeks of being open, and then the long days for the keeping team begin. On top of the 90 school children a day, our photographic groups visit after staying until 8pm when the evening light begins to fade. All good fun of course.
As always with the water voles, first thing in the morning and last thing in the afternoon are the better times to try and spot them... and be patient! Don't wander off after a few seconds having not seen one. Take your time, and hopefully you will be rewarded with a glimpse of one of our most endearing mammals!
Another yearly thing we tend to do is put up hammocks for our polecats. Normally for the summer, we decided to put them in place a little earlier this year. Our previous polecats have loved them, often seen with all the kits laying in them in the summer afternoons, so it will be interesting to see if our two new pairs take to them this year.
We have also spotted our first few heron chicks out on the reserve... more to follow on this next week, but keep your eyes peeled to their nests if you do decide to visit this weekend.
So there you go... Don't forget, we are open every weekday as well as the weekends and bank holidays for the next two weeks of Easter. Hope to see some of you here :-)