Friday 22nd February

Well it’s goodby from him.

Bill Shaw paid his last visit to North Walney Reserve as Cumbria’s Natterjack Officer for ARC, he is leaving to take up an Ecology and Land Management Conservation Officer with North Yorkshire Moor National Park.

The visit also included a transit around the shore from North Scale to Earnsy Bay to count any dead birds, this was an annual event which always finished with a couple of pints in the Crown, and this year was no different.

A couple of the ponds have been suffering with a green moss which blocks the light and engulfs the tadpoles, Bill brought two bags of Barley Straw, the cure, in his rucksack, they must be anchored down but not touch the bottom, not as simple as it sounds, we missed a great opportunity to video the attempts, but see photos.

We have known Bill from when he came to North Walney as the warden and have had the pleasure of working with him on various projects on the site and as the ARC representative.
We wish him and his family all the best and good luck for the future.

Bob, Bri, Ian and Geoff