Making Waves

Tuesday, April 9th 2019

Volunteers made a splash today as the many Water Vole feeding platforms were replaced around the reserve. Bob 'rustled up' some replacements and at the end of the day there was a grand launch!

The floating stations have spikes that apples are pushed onto because they are a favourite of Water Voles which are very shy and difficult to observe. Other tasks completed by Team Tuesday included protecting young saplings, removing brash from recent habitat management work and burning it on the last bonfire of the year. It was a good workout carrying large branches up a hilly pathway to where the quad bike and trailer could transport them away.

There is no need to pay a gym membership fee when you volunteer at Foxglove!

As usual, a lot of jobs were carried out, all adding to the value of the site. Volunteer help is really appreciated. With the bird nesting season about to start, attention will now turn from the big conservation tasks to more general ones such as painting benches, improving footpaths and of course maintaining the many net rides and trails that criss cross the one hundred acres. Up on the moor, diggers and dumpers were adding the final touches to Spigot Mere which should be completed by the end of the week. The area will hopefully be filled with water from a spring by the weekend, watch this space!


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