I joined day one of this weekend's "New Members Task" with Hampshire Conservation Volunteers, building boardwalks at Mottisfont Abbey, Nr Romsey. A cracking day out, learning new skills and building on previous experiences; meeting new vollies and catching up with the regulars.
Activity for the weekend involves constructing two spurs from the side of the original boardwalk to meet outlying features, each new boardwalk requiring a bridge to span the adjacent watercourse.
Photographs show progress at the end of the first working day.
The unidentified bug larvae was found under the bark of a dead tree which was lying wet in the peat at the side of the stream. The dead tree had to have a chunk cut out of it and moved to enable access for the bridge supports (this can be seen in the background of photo 1). The bug larvae (of which there were circa 10) were placed safely back under loose wet bark, when the logs were in final position.
Spring highlights included 2 ♂ brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) butterflies and a single early ♂ orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines) on the wing; and 2 (prob 3) chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) in song throughout the day.
For more information on Hampshire Conservation Volunteers go to: http://www.hcv.hampshire.org.uk/