Team Tuesday

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

Volunteers were out in force today working on various different jobs around the reserve. As the summer has progressed vegetation has encroached on several of the net rides and paths; strimmers and hedge cutters were put to good use this morning to open these up again and to clear access for visitors.

Curly Water Thyme has been identified in one of the ponds through the scrapes, this is a native plant to Southern Africa, but is commonly sold as an oxygenating plant in garden centres here in the UK. This plant spreads mostly by vegetative reproduction and can quickly fill entire ponds, outcompeting native species. Some of the team donned wellies, which turned out to be slightly too short, and started to remove this invasive plant. Vegetation was piled at the side of the pond once removed to allow water and any animals to find their way back into the pond before it is moved at a later date.

Other tasks completed today were cutting the last patch of Bracken down at the Bullet Catcher, and Colin spent the day working in the garden around the Field Centre getting everything ship shape for Our Summer BBQ this Saturday.

Thank you to everyone who has helped out on the reserve today!


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