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Dams and Beavers

Tuesday, October 9th 2012

Thirteen volunteers enjoyed the sunshine up on the moor this morning. Work continued weeding out the ancient hedgelines to give the saplings the best chance of surviving. The young trees are doing very well and in about 5 years time the hedge will be layed.

Ancient Hedge

Barrows full of grass were taken away.

Weed removal

Young Gorse was cut with brushcutters and raked up to improve an area of this habitat for wildflowers.

Gorse removal

Pupils from the Dales School helped out with both of these tasks too. After lunch attention turned to the washed out dams in Risedale beck. These dams provide feeder pools for important ponds and are good fun to re-build.

Dam construction

The Foxglove volunteers will sleep well tonight!

Dam building

Volunteers also helped out with weighing out bird seed to sell, administration tasks and trying to catch the Dexter cattle (who once again avoided the corral)! Leyburn Beaver Group visited the reserve and went on a nature walk this evening. They enjoyed playing in the metal dams at the outdoor classroom. Thank you everyone for your continued support.


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