The Safari was out on duty at the official launch of the North Blackpool Pond Trail at the BEAT Nature Watch stand.
We were ably assisted by our intrepid chairman with one of the Rangers whose stand was next door to ours.
The partnership secured just over £230,000 over next three years, just reward for those that devised the project almost 10 years ago. The grant application process was begun in 2008 - a fair amount of hard work by all concerned. The guilty party for the whole project is the tall young man in the centre of the picture.The Mayor officially launches the project.
Our local Member of Parliament presented the award to the winner of the logo competition - the young blonde girl next to the Mayor.
During the day we saw a couple of Sparrowhawks, a Buzzard and a Great Crested Grebe. Also heard but not seen were Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Butterflies were represented by a Small Tortoiseshell, a couple of Peacocks and a Small White.
These two little Coprinus? toadstools were right outside the marquee.
The Pond Trail will be asking for volunteers to help with the surveying of the many ponds for habitat and vegetation, amphibians and other macro-invertebrates like this Water Scorpion. Folled by management and maintence works as required - plenty of opportunities to learn your IDs and new practical skills.
They are scary, but not as scary as this Crocodile that drifted menacingly past.
Where to next? Back on the patches, lets hope it stays flat calm out at sea even though the temperatures are set to plummet back to 'normal' after a tropically warm weekend.
In the meantime let us know what's scarily drifting by in your outback.