Thursday, August 25th 2016

Today it was rather wet. I don’t think at any point you could quite say it was raining properly, but it was certainly very heavy and persistent drizzle! The Thursday volunteers split into two groups. Half of them spent the day up on the wetland, doing some investigative work to try and work out why the water levels in some of the ponds were very low. Some drain clearing was then needed.

Meanwhile the other half of the group cleared the workshop in preparation for the arrival of 7 very large bags of hopper seed, then did some bracken bashing behind the wetland hide.

This is actually quite a fun task but is hard work. It removes the bracken fronds, and weakens the bracken itself, thereby hopefully reducing the amount of it next year.

Afterward we continued an ongoing task of tree popping in the Scrapes. Because a lot of these trees have been cut back countless times, they actually have a massive root system, and using the tree poppers often does not work. In these situations we have to resort to brute strength and digging them out with a spade.

The grand finale was the arrival of the hopper seed, right on cue at 3pm as expected. This arrived on a trailer, and it took a lot of strength to haul them all into the workshop, to keep them dry until they can be decanted into manageable sized portions.

Everything looked pretty and autumnal today, despite the gloomy weather.  Some of the leaves are just starting to turn yellow, and lots of spider’s webs, covered in tiny water droplets could be found everywhere you looked.

Everyone worked hard today- your help was much appreciated.

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