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Gorse, Gorse, Glorious Gorse!

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Today's team of volunteers continued work on removing some of the Gorse from the Moorland which was started on the Worky Day.

The usual enthusiasm our volunteers show meant everyone got stuck in and the job took us half the time we had expected - perhaps everyone was so keen not to have to work with the Gorse for a third week in a row they wanted to make sure it was all finished today!

There was a lot left to be cut and dragged to the fire and as the day wore on the branches seemed heavier and the fire further away!

Break time was well deserved and thanks to Ann we all enjoyed some homemade teacakes toasted over the fire (Adam tried to convince us he had sterilised the fork first!)

Thank you all very much for your hard work today, we promise no Gorse next week.

And just a short PS to the ringing activities last Sunday to upstage Adam's grin!  With the wet, windy weather in 2014 we are 100 new birds behind this time last year, we caught the first new Treecreeper in over 6 months, we caught the most Dunnocks in one day for over 8 months, we caught the most Blue Tits in one day in over a year, and we caught the most new Great Tits in a day since last July.  We caught the first Bramblings since winter 2012/13, and the total of new Goldfinches caught on site reached 450.  Finally we caught the most new Lesser Redpolls in one day for over 10 months and have caught 24 new Bullfinches in only four 2014 sessions.  It was a successful day and the results speak for themselves.  A big thank you to all who helped.


(1) Comments:

Ann Luxmoore responded on 4th Mar 2014 with...

I like the photo of the man with the pitch fork


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