At our WI meeting this week Tuesday 14th March, Mr Roger Mattocks took us through a walk at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Staveley, recounting the different species of animal, insect and bird life one could encounter during each month of the year, his photographs were superb and it was altogether an enlightening talk making a visit to the Reserve a must.

I have attached a photograph of the duck (Mallard) that I mentioned to you at our meeting she is nesting 5 feet up a willow tree directly in front of my house. Each morning she comes along flies up and lays an egg then carefully covers it and off she goes returning the next morning to lay another.  I think there are 5 eggs in there this morning (Sat).   It will be interesting what happens when the ducklings emerge!!!  Any ideas?  Perhaps a ramp?