Mystery Tour Day!
In other words we'd no idea where we were going (although a couple of volunteers had taken an educated guess based on recent articles in the local press) so it was that we all squeezed into the bus with Penny bringing in the spillover in her own car.
After a trip down many country lanes, circling the Wrekin twice, over the Long Mynd, through Llangollen, marvelling at Aberdovey breakers we eventually arrived at
SSSI since the 60's.
Bunsen burner in his own right!
We were also treated to a fascinating tale of hard-work and abject dedication from the very enthusiastic Julian Langford, a sprightly 71 year-old who in 2009 will be spending his 49th year carrying out his annual bird-ringing exercise as around 1000 birds arrive mainly from Africa to settle for the season in this haven for wildlife.
We were here today to help crack the crack-willow epidemic. Too much willow prevents the free-flight of the visiting migrants
wellied instead of boots.
A somewhat rickety footbridge that crosses the River Tern. There has to be a troll lurking under here somewhere! (Watch the movie below - I think I just caught a glimpse of one!)