At the start of September the National Trust’s Durham and Yorkshire volunteer groups took part in a working holiday at the National Trust’s Wallington estate in Northumberland. As well as having lots of fun we did our bit and helped spruce up and relay a footpath which was in need of repair and carried out some shrub clearance.
Highlights of the weekend included free entry to the magnificent Wallington mansion and walled garden, a tour of the estate by the Wallington rangers, an epic game of chairs (a jenga-like stacking game), a late night wander, and of course – a lot of hard graft!
I managed to get a video of a Fox I saw from Wallington’s wildlife hide (see below). We watched it stalk right up to the hide we were in, filming the end just before it got spooked. You can also see a Great Spotted Woodpecker at the end of the video.
Overall a great weekend! Saw my first ever Nuthatch, a beautiful Roe Deer, a sneaky Field Vole & an Adder too!