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Thursday, February 27th 2020

Blue sky makes you think of warmer days, but it certainly was not warm this morning.  In a few months time this view will be totally changed as the trees burst their buds and the vegetation grows.

The start of the day saw the volunteers hard at work - with breakfast!

Once breakfast was over it down to the 'proper' work.  Water leaves the lake over the weir and flows into the stream, which is a flight path used by Kingfishers.  Good growing seasons over the last couple of summers has seen the trees and undergrowth almost block out the stream.  The area was given a good cut

and soon looked much better.  Hopefully the Kingfishers can find their way to the lake and give a great deal of pleasure to volunteers and visitors.  

Spigot Mere was the next task.  Wind had blown much vegetation around the overflow from the Mere and this needed clearing.  Waders donned, Peter and Gerry set about the task.  Cold water on a cold day, but it does have a certain beauty about it.

Once the vegetation was cleared, the outflow could flow easily again.

At the end of the day (the days are getting longer) there was still light to enjoy the outdoors.

Thanks to all the volunteers for their work today.


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