March Winter Worky Day

Saturday, March 10th 2018

The final Worky Day for the season took place today having been postponed from last week due to the heavy snow.  The weather wasn't much better at the start of the day as heavy rain had been falling during the early hours and hadn't really stopped as the volunteers arrived.  There was still a good turnout with 13 volunteers working through the rain.  Thankfully, this gradually cleared to leave grey but dry skies.

Work continues on the net rides and the group made light work of removing the rest of the cut material from rides 30 and 31, which was taken away to be burnt at the Bullet Catcher site.   Having a fire in the rides would have been difficult as the heat could affect the trees, with burn sites having to be selected carefully. 

Work was also quickly completed in net ride 39, which was chosen because of the hard surface through the ride.  Two people worked on cutting the ride while the rest pulled the material clear and cut it up further for the bonfire.

Another priority job was to remove a plastic liner from a small pond in Risedale Beck.  The liner had outlived its useful life and was damaged in a number of places.  It was also changing the nature of the pond from one to hold water when there is heavy rain so that it can drain into the beck more slowly to one with standing water all the time.

After two drainage channels had been cut to allow some of the water to drain away, the liner was gradually pulled clear of the water and rolled up to be taken away.  Doing this and leaving the drainage channels will mean that this will revert back to a wet area which occasionally has water rather than a permanent pond.

A very big thank you to all the volunteers who braved the weather and achieved so much today, and to those who have come along to the previous Worky Days over the autumn and winter.  Your efforts have made a significant contribution to managing the Reserve.

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