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November Winter Worky Day

Saturday, November 9th 2013

Twenty four volunteers joined us on the first Winter Worky Day of the season.  Several different tasks were completed including the annual maintenance of the dams on the wetland and inputting species information into our database.  The main job for the day was coppicing and pollarding an area between the Sand Martin Bank and the new Orchard area.

Work was done here to open up views to the orchard and to create a flyway for birds between an area rich in autumn berries and the fruiting trees, hopefully encouraging in species such as Redwing and Fieldfare.

Volunteers spent time clearing the dense, old undergrowth opening up the area for fresh regeneration of the ground flora.  This should encourage wildflowers to bloom in the spring and summer months.

By 1230 everybody had worked up an appetite for lunch - a chicken curry and some homemade cakes.

Work continued through the afternoon with the team focusing on clearing some of the cut brash.  The fire was welcome during the short, sharp showers.

Adam found a suitable supervisory perch as can be seen after an exhausting day pollarding this willow.

Thank you to everyone who has given up time today to come and help us out with all of these different jobs.  Your enthusiasm and willingness to get stuck into any task is greatly appreciated.

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