March Worky Day

Saturday, March 7th 2015

Thirty volunteers joined us on the reserve today for the last of this season’s Winter Worky Days. Matt headed off first thing with the younger group to plant out the last of the Larch saplings through the woodland.

The rest of us headed to the moorland to clear an area of old growth Gorse. Below is the ‘before’ photo.

Old Gorse provides little value to wildlife as nesting sites and dramatically reduces the ground flora where it is found. Removing the Gorse found here will allow for a more diverse species mix to develop on this patch of moorland.

Volunteers got stuck in with their usual gusto and soon the fire was burning well to clear a never-ending pile of cuttings!

As usual, we all enjoyed a chicken curry for lunch followed by a delicious selection of homemade cakes.

All fuelled up after a good lunch we headed out again to finish off the job.

By the close of play we had cleared this section and made a real improvement to the habitat here.

We must say a massive thank you to everyone who has given up their weekend to help us over the winter months on these worky days. We have been amazed at the amount and quality of the work done and will soon be able to enjoy the fruits of our labour as the seasons change and the reserve once again becomes full of life.

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