Wetland Bliss

Thursday, March 3rd 2016

The day started cold; ice coated the ponds, puddles and lakes. As the day progressed the sun produced a little warmth which allowed us to shed some layers as the tasks of the day progressed.

Tony and Mike systematically inspected the wetland bungs/dams to work out why we were losing water from the upper fingers, the lower reaches have bben flooded and overflowing. It was not long before the culprit was found .... a Water Vole had made a tunnel, in effect draining the water to where we did not want it. It was a tweak here and there by the persistant duo that soon had the nub of the problem under control.  That may have sounded easy, but a considerable amount of physical digging and dam construction was needed, guys…. we thank you !

Jonathan, our work experience student, did a sterling job of cleaning out a bird seed hopper, as well as helping with digging a few saplings from the nursery to replant elsewhere this Saturday Worky Day. Thank you Jonathan for your guidance today finding the seed for the Friday feeder refill.

 

Sightings of Kingfisher at the Lake Hide, two Barn Owls over the moorland, and Reed Buntings at the Field Centre accompanied the sunshine. More frog spawn was found in the wetland area, as well as on the banks next to the ponds and down by the lake.


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