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Reflections on almost a year volunteering

Reflections on almost a year volunteering

It's almost a year ago that I started volunteering as part of the Wildlife Team at Glastonbury Abbey.
I came as an enthusiastic amateur with a love of wildlife and history.
Where better to pursue these interests than the ruins of one of Britain's biggest Abbey’s.
The wildlife team are very knowledgeable and through volunteering alongside them I've begun to better identify the different bees, insects and birds that reside at the abbey.
This has given me greater confidence in talking to members of the public about the abbey's wildlife.
The abbey grounds are beautiful the orchard being a particular favourite for me. It is very attractive to insects and the birdlife which inevitably come in to dine on this valuable nutrition.
I often just sit on a bench to watch them feeding and listen to birdsong.
One of my highlights of the year was to see the green woodpeckers nesting in the orchard. I was amazed to be able to photograph from such a close distance.
I'd recommend that if you're visiting in this spring make a beeline for the orchard and you'll be rewarded with the resplendent sight and scents of apple blossom.
Volunteering has given me an opportunity to meet new friends and the chance to unwind from my hectic work life. Even having the chance to bring my young son to abbey to spot wildlife.
In the year ahead I'm looking forward to meeting the abbey's badgers, I haven't seen one yet!
Part of our role as wildlife volunteers has been to fill in holes created by the badgers in their search for juicy earthworms. I learnt the other day that an adult badger can consume 200 earthworms a day! As you can imagine this results in a lot of holes.
So if you see us out and about with a hoe give us a wave.

Gareth

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Added: 1st May 2018