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Wednesday, December 30th 2020

Willow coppicing has continued over the festive period and in all weather conditions; some of which have been quite challenging!

Invasive Silver Birch had crowded out the Willow and has had to be removed but there is still plenty of it elsewhere on the reserve.

Some of the brash was burned on a bonfire which also made a welcome source of heat!

The area is really taking shape and although it looks drastic now, by the end of spring it will all be green again as the Willow shoots back up with fresh stems and the wildflowers flourish in the additional light adding a splash of colour.

Staff also cared for the livestock over the break. This involved cutting back brambles to try and prevent them from getting tangled (their favourite pastime)!

All of this hard work in the cold and wet is appreciated; thank you to all involved from checking the sheep, coppicing the Willow, carrying out weekly checks, repairing boardwalk and keeping the Field Centre open. 

(1) Comments:

Jan Gillings responded on 2nd Jan 2021 with...

A prime example of the dedicated team of volunteers who brave all weathers to keep this wonderful reserve in great shape throuhout the year. Huge thanks to the team from a regular visitor (when covid rules allow!)

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