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Mike, Tony and a dam!

Thursday, July 1st 2010

Yesterday was particularly busy here. As well as seventeen men working on the scrapes boardwalk there was a guided walk for 14 staff members from Headquarters, North East Region, Army Primary Health Care Service based in the Duchess of Kent Barracks. You see them here at the end of their walk aound the reserve.

Guided walk party

Meanwhile…. Mike and Tony came to volunteer for the day and spent their time messing about in the stream, building a dam! This little beck has a feeder pipe which fills a pond lower down and was always getting washed out. They have now made a permanent solution. Very pretty indeed!

Dam made by Mike and Tony

The moth trap yielded 44 species of moth. These included Light Emerald, Mottled Beauty, Gold Spot and Bloodvein. After a poor start to the year with the moth trapping, this last couple of weeks has seen us back on form with a good catch each week.

The men from Playscheme, who are re-newing our boardwalk, were today screwing in the boards of the decking. The last of the concrete was poured and they are on schedule for finishing tomorrow.

Installing the boards of the decking


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