The ranger team, with the help of our volunteer Barry, have been busy constructing and installing a new bridge for the circular walk around the reserve on the Threave Estate.
The old bridge was not in a good condition and was starting to rot.
During the removal of the old bridge we were easy pickings for the mosquitoes from the ditch. Luckily the water levels were reasonably low on the day that we were working so we didn't get too muddy.
The new bridge had to be firmly anchored to the ground so that it would not float off during the times when the meadow floods.
Our first visitors were Fiona & Neil Bonser from Newark, Nottinghamshire. They ceremonially cut the ribbon (hazard tape) and took the first official crossing of the bridge. I think their happy smiles are evidence of a well made bridge.
The new handrail is also very useful to rest against after a hard days bridge building.