New Reed Bed

Thursday, February 14th 2013

Team Thursday began  the day by varnishing parts of the duck raft.

Duck raft

The group then headed down to the lake to plant some reeds.

Heading out

It was soon realised that the volunteers were not the only animals to have travelled this route since the last fall of snow!

Badger footprints

Badger tracks were followed for quite a way. The prints were very clear and seemed to be from two different animals, a large one and a smaller one!

Badger prints

Once at the water, the areas to be planted with Phragmites were measured out.

Measuring up

The group worked in pairs to plant four rows of reeds along the sections of the bank.

Planting Reeds

The plant plugs were heeled in well to prevent them from floating away! The new reed beds will provide some shelter for the water birds over the coming summer months when they start to grow tall and spread along the shore.

Reed Planting

In total 1000 reed plugs were planted!

Reed planting

In amongst them was this striking raft spider. Dolomedes fimbriatus, is a European spider of the family Pisauridae. It is one of the two largest spiders in the United Kingdom. Like other Dolomedes spiders it hunts by running on the surface of water, and can submerge altogether to hide from predators.

Raft spider


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