We had an early start last week to meet Guinevere on the quay. Guinevere is the vehicle ferry over to Orfordness, however she is always happy to assist us getting supplies across and onto Havergate. Occasionally, when we have bigger jobs that need completing on the island the ferry allows us to take heavy materials over all at once- including tractors and diggers.
The main job at the moment is rebuilding the warden and volunteer accommodation huts on the island which were flooded in last Decembers tidal surge.
So, now we have all the materials and equipment on the Island we have the busy task of building ahead of us. It will certainly keep us warm this winter!
Havergate is looking great at the moment with birds galore on the lagoons. We still have 4 Spoonbills hanging around on North Lagoon, a female hen harrier offering us amazing views whilst she hunts along the longer grass on the sea wall, over 500 avocet and dunlin, over 500 teal and growing numbers of wigeon. Brent geese are making a racket as they fly overhead and Canada geese feeding on the islands. Other waders such as redshank, curlew and golden plover to name a few have all been sitting very close to the hides offering spectacular views for visitors.
It is certainly feeling colder now, especially on Havergate where there is little protection from the wind. If you are booked onto any trips make sure you are wearing sensible footwear and have waterproof clothing on you.
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