Team Tuesday

Tuesday, May 12th 2015

Volunteers have had a busy day on the reserve completing a variety of different tasks. Firstly, a small group headed off along Risedale Beck to clear a section of stream that had become clogged with woody debris following the high water levels over the weekend.

They worked hard, dragging the twigs and branches out of the water allowing the stream to flow freely once more.

The stone gabion cages were revealed as the debris was cleared. These were originally constructed to help control the flow of water out of the reserve and minimise damage to the fence. Since then the water has re-routed itself around the gabions, leaving them perched on the bank. Now out of the water they are used by many different animals for shelter and we frequently record signs of Otter in the soft mud at the entrance.

Our other volunteers found themselves continuing with the job of checking the many tree tubes around the reserve. To do this we lift the tube up, check the tree is alive and there are no signs of disease, before weeding any grasses or other plants from around the base. This important job helps to maintain the health of the young saplings, giving them the best chance of survival.

All of the hard work was rewarded with some delicious coconut buns from Anne at break time.

Our thanks go to all those who have helped us out with these jobs. 

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