Funds raised for the Billy’s Lake Project

Well done and thank you, David!
On the 20th April David Benjamin (2nd from right) and friends began the 3 Peaks Challenge – Ben Nevis (1344 mtrs, highest mountain in Scotland and Britain), Scafell Pike (978mtrs) and Snowden (1085mtrs).
David raised an amazing £335.18 for the Billy’s Lake Project. Thanks to Lainey who sponsored David with April’s bookstall takings of £131.68 too.
As well as working at B&Q Havant, David also works at Off the Record in Havant where he runs the Duke of Edinburgh Awards for 14-24 year olds. (https://www.dofe.org/).
We will be using the money to build a fish refuge with local children! This will allow fish to spawn, hide from predating birds and take shade. It will also encourage invertebrates and vegetation on top of the refuge.

Steps

New Steps and Handrails

Installation of steps down to the lake

The steps and handrails leading down to Swims 1, 2 and 3 were installed a few years ago and they are now showing signs of wear and tear.  This week we have made a start on reconstruction and improvement of these steps, starting with Swim 1.  We are hoping to accomplish this by volunteer effort alone, since it would be very expensive to engage commercial contractors and we currently lack sufficient funding to do so.  It will be a gradual process, so please bear with us – and feel free to offer any expertise, physical assistance and help with materials costs, if you are able to contribute!

Bat Detecting Evening

As the sun went down at Billy’s Lake, the bats came out to see us!

We welcomed Nik Knight from Hampshire Bat Group and his colleague Natalie who taught us about our local bats and how to use bat detecting equipment to tune into the bats’ sound frequency which allows us to hear them.

Volunteering day with Positive Pathways and Pfizer

On the 25th April we welcomed two groups of volunteers from Positive Pathways and Pfizer, made possible by Community First in Havant.

We split up into three teams and made great progress on sapling removal, brash clearance (the bonfire was the biggest I’ve seen so far!), and last but not least we built a new fence in the car park on the entrance to Borrow’s Field.

This fence will help deter motorcycles and horses from entering the field and Billy’s Lake, along with the motorcycle inhibitor gate that is due to be fitted in addition to this.

It was a typical British Spring day – beautiful sunshine followed by a cold downpour – and a hasty shelter was erected for us to huddle in!

Thanks to our project volunteers for taking the lead and ensuring the day was successful, worthwhile and fun.