On the Heath

Tuesday, September 6th 2016

Today was divided into a number of tasks. Peter and Eddie set to work with the strimmers, strimming the entrance track.  This now looks very neat. Meanwhile, John and Ann set off round the reserve to fill the feeders. Roger took a couple of helpers and headed out to continue trying to fix the problems we were having yesterday with lack of water on the reserve. The water was flowing well at the source, but somehow not flowing out into the scrapes or wetland rapidly enough to keep the water levels topped up. Working on this involved a lot of digging at the source to clear the inflows and pipes, some drain rodding, some drain finding and a lot of mud!

The rest of us headed out to the heath to continue the never ending task of pulling up saplings to allow the heather space to grow. This involved a mixture of tree popping, and digging out manually with spades and forks. This is very hard work and today was particularly warm and muggy, making it seem even more effort.

Everyone worked very hard and each time we spend a day on the heath the difference can really be seen. We found a couple of nice creatures whilst out and about including this frog sitting in one of the ponds.

And also this young (slightly out of focus) Shield Bug.

Thanks to everyone for all your hard work today.


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