Rockland was quiet for birds, as if often is. 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Great crested Grebe and 14 Coot the best we could manage. Whilst there does not seem to be quite as much maintenance, pruning etc to do here, there are some complex conservation and land ownership issues which Ben made me aware of.
So, I am now a warden of sorts, of my patch! Doesn't get much better. I have learnt and gained so much from watching wildlife at Church Marsh; it will feel good to put something back. Thanks to the guys at Strumpshaw for giving me this opportunity.
I'll try to use the saw sparingly although the usual landscape photos may now be accompanied by impressive examples of my pruning 'skills'.