Sunday, 15 February 2015

Tern Raft Launch

On Saturday we launched the first of the 3 rafts that we have built over the last few weeks. It was going on a small piece of water at Church Farm, where Andy and myself had built them. Graham Middlebrook, the land owner, had offered his services - and his JCB - in order to make launching the raft that much easier. The raft will only be a short distance from Thornton Resevoir, where there are no places for Common Terns to nest, but Andy does see them flying over the piece of water where the Tern raft will be sited, so fingers crossed they find the raft and set up home on it!
 Above is Graham transporting the raft to the small lake.........making it look easy
 Lowering the raft over the Sand Martin wall with the JCB made the job much easier.
 The raft finally touches the water and Andy is elated it floats - I myself had no worries what so ever!
 Andy pulling the raft around into position with the 15mm rope
 The raft in its' final position on the lake...... fingers crossed the Terns find it!
We have secured this raft with 2 ropes from either side, as its only a small piece of water and it is on private land. They are normally put into position, then 2 anchors are used to keep the raft in its' place


  1. A great team effort. Well done Col.

    1. Thanks for all the help Andy, like you said good team effort!!

  2. Well done guys. I had every faith in you!
    Looks very professional. Bring on Hicks Lodge.

    1. Yes Jim looking forward to floating them out at Hicks Lodge and thanks for the support.