The annual conference is the only time that NTS countryside staff from all over the country get together in one place (there's a lot of us about - something like 50 or so attended the conference and no everyone was there!). As always, it was great to share news, ideas and experiences, as well as a couple of beers and plenty of laughs!
The main highlights for me were seeing the signs left behind by beavers (I now totally understand where the term "busy as a beaver" comes from!) and also being on the winning team for the quiz - two things I have never experienced before.
Here's a few shots I took to give you a flavour...
|Just half of the conference attendees learning all there is to know about beavers|
|A 45 degree angled cut - classic beaver sign|
|They will fell quite large trees - it just takes team work and time!|
|Once the tree is felled they will cut off small branches to build their dams and lodges, and eat the bark off the larger branches.|