Down by the Beck

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Volunteers spent the day working down alongside Risedale Beck.  A habitat pile was created and brash from the three conifers overhanging the pathway was cleared away - in the cold morning air the scented smoke hung in the valley.

Last year two winter worky days were spent coppicing along the beck, these areas have had magnificent displays of wildflowers through the summer months.  Work today continued joining these two areas and clearing overhanging branches from along the beck.

By lunchtime much of this had been cleared, creating a clear flyway along the water course.  This will benefit birds such as Dippers, Grey Wagtail and Kingfishers all of whom will feed and breed along Risedale Beck.

By the afternoon volunteers had begun work coppicing along the Hazel bank to improve growing conditions for wildflowers.  Bluebells and Primrose are found in large numbers across this patch and should do well in the coming spring months as they will no longer be suppressed under a dark woodland canopy.  This will be an ongoing project over the next few weeks.

Thank you for all of your hard work today!


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