The Effects of Snow and Ice

Monday, March 19th 2018

The second spell of cold weather is now gradually passing, the thin layer of snow is melting and things are warming up.  Lark and Taurus both seemed pleased to feel the warmth of the sunshine this morning as they were given some hay.  The effect of the freezing weather has held back some growth but has also created a couple of jobs to do to make sure that the flow of water through the Reserve is maintained.

There are several ponds which are fed from larger becks that flow through the Reserve.  The best way of doing this is to dam the watercourse and use pipes to feed the ponds.  In one case the pond is still being fed as the water held behind the dam remains at the height of the wood, but the effect of the frost has been to prize the timber apart so that the water no longer flows over the top of the dam but through it.

A larger dam that shows the full effect of the weight of water from recent rain and meltwater is in Risedale Beck and a blog back in October featured a group of volunteers rebuilding part of this.  Last week water was at least 30 centimetres above the dam but that has been enough to dislodge the stones in the middle of it.  The feeder pipe is still functioning and we can use this as a good opportunity to remove the silt and stones that have built up around the lower half of the pipe.


One quick job this afternoon has been to give some of the smaller Larch trees some care and attention.  They have been given new rubber tree ties which reduce the pressure put on the tree and which can be adjusted as the tree grows.  Replacing these ties was all done under the watchful gaze of a Roe Buck who continued to browse around 50 metres away while the work took place. 

We had a problem receiving emails at the end of last week which thankfully was resolved over the weekend, and we'd like to thank everyone for their patience during this period before we regained connection to the wider world.

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