Wednesday, 16 December 2015
I spent the morning at Skillin's Wood, near Greyabbey, County Down, this morning.
I met Tomasz and other National Trust volunteers at the Mount Stewart schoolhouse, where we gathered the equipment and drove the mile or two to the wood.
Skillin's Wood overlooks the village of Greyabbey on the inside; and Mid Island to its west.
There were fourteen of us today.
Our task was to construct a wattle fence bird "lookout" at the shoreline.
We finished at about one o'clock, motored back to the schoolhouse, and all congregated for the annual Christmas party.
Sausage-rolls, cocktail sausages, chicken, quiche, chilli con carne, soup, more nibbles, a Yule log, chocolate cake, crisps and much more bore down on the table.
I think Maureen made the Yule-log and Christmas cake - sumptuous, Maureen; thank you!
One of the long-term volunteers, Sebastian, was leaving, so we presented him with two wildlife books and a card.