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News - July 2012 - Scarecrows help birdwatchers

Supporting a local community event has resulted in a pleasant surprise for the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. 
After taking part in the Little Paxton Scarecrow Festival, The Friends received a cheque for £200 from the Festival's organising committee. The donation has been spent on replacing the floor of the Reserve's popular Hayden Hide.

Believing that the Reserve is an important feature of the area, The Friends takes part in many local events to strengthen its support in the community. Involvement this year has included Little Paxton's Pax-Fest, Diddington Fete and the Little Paxton Scarecrow Festival.

Huntingdonshire District Council's Senior Ranger, Jim Stevenson, said:

"The Rangers always make a scarecrow or two for the Festival, although we are running out of old Ranger uniforms, so we'll have to have a different theme next time. This year our Wildlife Trust Education Officer, Debbie Mckenzie, raised the stakes by putting out a scarecrow that was much better than ours, but neither of us came near the standard set by some of the households in the village.

The Scarecrow Festival is mostly organised to be fun and to build a bit of community spirit, but it also raises money for local charities and this year we were delighted to have benefited."

The donation was timely because it met the cost of materials to replace the floor of the Reserve's larger hide. The work was carried out by the Rangers and the Reserve's midweek volunteers.
Jacqui Clarke, Chair of the Little Paxton Scarecrow Festival Committee, presents the donation to Friends of Paxton Pits Trustees Trevor Gunton (centre) and David Butterworth at the Hayden Hide.
(Photo by Jim Stevenson)