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March Winter Worky Day

Saturday, March 1st 2014

Forty seven volunteers of all ages joined us at Foxglove today for the last of the season's Worky Days. We headed up to the far end of the moorland to clear patches of Gorse.

This part of the reserve had become dominated with old growth Gorse. Clearing this will promote regeneration of younger Gorse which is more likely to be used as nesting sites by birds such as Chaffinches, Linnets and Stonechats.

The team soon got stuck in, and with the fire going it was not too long before we had cleared a big area.

It was hard work dragging the prickly bushes across the uneven, wet ground; the usual Worky Day chicken curry lunch was well deserved.

Work continued in the afternoon, as the last of the Gorse was dragged to the fire we took this picture to show the transformation. What a difference a day makes!

Robins were once again seen all day around us, searching the cleared areas for food.

We must say a big thank you to all the volunteers who have supported the reserve on our Worky Days this winter. We have completed a huge amount of work to a very high standard.  With leaves of many flowers showing above the ground it should not be too long before we can see and enjoy the difference we have made on the reserve.


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