Sarah joined us today on Drivetime to talk about wildlife and nature matters. Her job is to work with parks and reserves to encourage conservation in the area. Tomorrow she will be joined by the BBC for filming of Country File at Lemsford Springs near Welwyn. As cold as it is at the moment, the springs don't freeze over so birds can always feed on the freshwater shrimps in the ponds.
Something that has made national news is the unfortunate spread of the Ash die-back fungal disease that could be a potential dutch elm disease which attacks trees. At the moment 200 cases have been found in the UK as it is an airborne problem. It has not turned up on the Nature Reserve but it has been found in St Albans; more will be known in the spring
There is a Winter Wildfowl walk around Hillfield Park Reservoir as organised by Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust this Sunday the 9th which will take in a lot of the local birdlife. This will take place between 11am-1pm. There will be talks on migrating birds as well as explanations as to how the reservoir is managed. Wrap up warm for this one!
Then just after the new year on the 3rd January is a 'work party' at Hertford Heath reserve from 10.30 am, families are welcome on this day including children over 6. You will be helping to protect the heath but be rewarded with some homemade soup which may well be needed! Bookings can be made online on the events page, which will also list future events local to you if you input your postcode.