Shot of the Day
Today was the official opening of the new hide at the moorland feeder station. This was a grand affair, we were bused up to the sight although Tootlepedal opted to cycle there instead. Something maybe I should have done as I've accumulated some extra weight over the winter months which needs to be addressed. There was some welcoming coffee, tea and delicious cakes and tray bakes on hand. I wondered how the birds would react to so many people milling around but they just ignored us and carried on as though we weren't there. This was a good thing as there was quite a few youngsters there and they got to see what was on view and hopefully they'll pay regular visits with friends and family. The inside of the hide had been transformed since Tootlepedal and I had visited the previous morning. Benches, sills and information boards had been installed, making the place feel as where one could spend a few comfortable hours.
Dr Barlow speaks about how the project came about and the obstacles they had to cross before it all came to fruition.
Simon and Dr Barlow are joined by Daniel Lacey who designed and constructed the hide with help from some of Langholm Academy pupils.
Local head gamekeeper Simon Lester had been invited to cut the ceremonial ribbon but beforehand he gave a speech on how appropriate that Mother Nature had its place here on Mothers Day.
The usual cheery Tootlepedal.