BOBBIT’S HOLE GROUP
May and June become very busy in Bobbit’s Hole as schools and youth groups rush to get
bookings to come to visit as the end of the school year approaches. This, of course, must be one of
the most interesting times to visit the reserve, particularly for children. There are baby birds to be
seen, lots of insects flying around, the fish have started to become active and creatures such as slow
worms and lizards start to move about.
One problem we had during the Spring was a pair of ducks who decided they could not wait to be
fed in Bobbit’s Hole, but instead started visiting Asda themselves. The problem was compounded
by the kind folk who thought the ducks were starving and so brought bread in order to feed them. It
was a vicious circle - the more they were fed, the more they went into Asda. In the end a timely bit
of wing clipping put a stop to their ‘shopping trips’ and the ducks are back on a healthier diet!
An addition to the reserve has been a large goose. This goose required a new home for a variety of
reasons and it was brought in initially on probation. The idea of a goose in Bobbit’s Hole was to try
to discourage the visiting heron which was responsible for the disappearance of our ducklings last
year. The heron had actually been sighted taking ducklings last year. So far the goose has had the
desired effect and may even be discouraging the fox also.
A reminder for your diary please. Sunday 10th August is the date of our annual Open Day. This
year, by popular request, we will be again supporting Hedgehog Rescue. If you are interested in
hedgehogs or would like to have an orphan hedgehog placed in your garden, please come to visit
their stall at the Open Day. There will be the usual refreshments and so any donations of cakes,
raffle prizes etc will be more than welcome.
GARDENING GROUP APPEAL
Our newly formed gardening group would like some help in keeping the flower tubs in Dovercourt
town centre looking good over the coming seasons. If you are having a clear out of your flower
beds or tubs, or have gone overboard during a trip to the Garden Centre, please do not just compost
your unwanted plants and bulbs, contact the Gardening Group to see if they can be used. Examples
of things wanted are:
Winter - Spring interest
Narcissus - 'Bridal Crown' Tete- tete
Senecio - (cineraria)
The Gardening Group can be contacted on 01255 504139. Thank you.
Summer - Autumn interest
Scabiosa - 'pink mist' small variety