Sunny winter days

The last week has been glorious! The perfect kind of sunny bright and cold days that make you forget what it’s like to be wet and miserable. That make it impossible to go outside without a huge grin on your face from the sheer loveliness of it all. A few snaps from getting out and about this week:

One of my big projects at the moment is the refurbishment of the bird hide at Longis pond. The Longis Nature Reserve was the first reserve to be established after the Alderney Wildlife Trust formed in 2002. The hide pre-dates the Trust and was built in 2001 by the Alderney Conservation Volunteers so has done pretty well for nearly 16 years of service!

The new hide is planned to be much bigger with improved access for wheelchair users. With the formation of the Alderney Bird Observatory last year, Alderney has become a new and exciting destination for birders and bird ringers and hopefully these improvements will give visitors a more comfortable experience.

With any luck, the hide will be ready and open by 1st March but there’s a lot of work to do before then!

I’ve also been making the most of the wild food opportunities here. Coastal locations are great for all kinds of edibles and it’s hard to walk out the door without stumbling on something good to eat. I’ve been using garlic chive (three-corner leek, Allium triquetrum), sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and wild rocket (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) regularly  and have been sampling some seaweeds recently as well as trying limpets and cooking outdoors over an open fire. Hopefully much more of these kind of adventures to come!

Some cooking adventures:

  • Chicken roasted with garlic chive and sea beet veg
  • Limpets cooked Japanese style with dulse and garlic chive
  • Vegetable curry  and quick breads cooked over a fire in the garden using my new dutch oven

So, I think that’ll do for now… I do think once a week might turn out not to be often enough but we’ll see how it goes. Till next time then!