Frozen buckets and machinery maintenance

Monday, December 11th 2017

Arriving to find the water dish outside the Field Centre completely frozen meant that the day began, as it had yesterday, with a visit to the ponies' water container.

After breaking the ice and topping up the container we had a quick catch up with Lark and Taurus, slipped them a few carrots and went on our way to carry out the rest of the morning checks.

Much of the rest of the day was given over to essential tool maintenance. Although not the best task to carry out in winter, as it involves a lot of standing still and getting cold, it will enable us to carry out essential practical work across the reserve in preparation for a busy Christmas here at Foxglove. From strimming the remaining rank grass on the middle moor, to using chainsaws to tackle larger gorse and coppice stools, a great deal of practical conservation is made easier when machinery is maintained to a good standard.

Around midday we took delivery of 16 tonnes of aggregate that will be used to improve the main path that winds it's way across the moorland and through the middle moor hay meadow.

Don't let these pictures fool you, even with the sun shining it has been bitterly cold at times. And yet, it has still been a great day to be out and about on the reserve.


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