The Thursday volunteers have been working hard over the past few weeks preparing to make the first of several (well, maybe two or three) Tern rafts to be floated on the pools at Cliffe.
Once we’d bolted the frame together, we added the platform boards with supports and then attached 10 drums for buoyancy before the big launch.
We then added over a tonne of gravel to the floating platform (all shovelled by hand!) before attaching the concrete anchors with chains and towing it out into position.
If you look carefully, you can just make out a small raised covered section on the platform – this is for the chicks to hide from predators.
Despite the proximity to water, the only casualty was Steve with one wet foot!