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Thursday, September 2nd 2021

Some jobs from the 'todo' list were crossed off today.  The Beech and numerous other species hedge that had grown considerably was able to be cut down and all the branches and stems collected together and removed.  Ian and Roger carried out this task.

Brian and Peter worked on the boardwalk.

Moss and other debris was removed from the edges of the boardwalk.  This has turned out to be a much bigger task than first thought, as can be seen by the amount of material collected from a small area.

Bob was working on poles for an elevator mist net to help to catch Redwing when they arrive on the reserve in a few weeks time.  The net ride was checked and strimmed and already the Blackbirds were there feeding on the Hawthorn berries.  At lunch time to give everyone more energy some celebration cake was consumed!

At break time Bess decided that she needed some protection and so went to sit behind Emma, much safer there.

Thank you to all the volunteers working on jobs various today.  All your help is always appreciated.

Bedale RDA came for a picnic and a walk around the reserve before they head back to classes next Thursday.  This group have also been granted the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.  They presented Gerry with a thank you card and donation.

Monday was Bee Happy Day but the bees weren't very happy because it was cold and damp.  Today there was sunshine and the bees were making the most of the warm weather.  Sawwort always has bees feeding from it.

Hemp Agimony is also good for bees.

The flowers that come into bloom in late summer are essential not only for the bees but many other insects.  It was noticed that yet again someone has been cutting and removing Meadowsweet from the reserve.  Foxglove Covert is a designated Local Nature Reserve and flowers should NOT be picked from this area.  Every flower plays its part in the many habitats that volunteers work so hard to maintain for the benefit of wildlife and for many people to enjoy.


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