Learning the Ropes

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

Over twenty volunteers turned out to help with a wide variety of conservation jobs today, most of them helping to clear away the cut reeds in the scrapes area.

Working in the reedbed

This involved raking up cut stems and loading them onto wheelbarrows to be transported to a bonfire.


Two students who are on work experience at Foxglove helped to manage the fire which smouldered rather than burned!

Jack and Jake

The same students were very interested to watch the team from Lowther Forestry continue with their tree surgery. Large overhanging boughs, which presented a potential hazard to visitors, were removed by chainsaw. They were carefully lowered by rope to avoid any damage to the boardwalk and handrails.

Learning the ropes!

The conditions were perfect today as the wind has dropped and the treetops looked like a fun place to be!

Up in the treetop

Other volunteers finished tidying in the Hazel coppice and prepared an area behind the lake hide for some landscaping work. This work will create a place for trees to be planted by school children in March. By home time, a huge amount of work had been done, and this is how the reedbed looked at the end of the day. In just six months time the new reeds will have grown and this patch will be rejuvenated.


The disturbance to the ponds was kept to a minimum and the frogs didn't seem to care. Their minds are focused elsewhere!

Frogs in the pool

The pools are alive with the sound of croaking and the frogspawn is growing by the day.

Froggy goes a courtin!

This frog seemed to be too young to breed but was more than happy to pose for photos!

Common Frog

(2) Comments:

Elizabeth Dickinson responded on 29th Feb 2012 with...

A good interesting blog - amazing amount of work has been carried out.  Reed Bed area looks great!

TC responded on 29th Feb 2012 with...

I agree entirely with Elizabeth and congratulate the Reserve Managers and the volunteers on the very tidy and professional job they have done once again.  I also thank the tree surgeons who have had to show great skill and patience removing heavy Ash boughs directly above the paths.  The progress made this winter has been remarkable, and every Tuesday I see new faces in the volunteer pack - as well as many of the regulars.  The sound and sight of the frogs today really heralded the arrival of the new spring, and I believe the reserve is as well prepared for the leafy season as it has ever been.  There are a few finishing touches which are programmed for the coming month, and after that we will all be able to enjoy the results of everyone’s hard work for the remainder of the year.  A huge thank you to all contributors!

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