Autumn Work

Tuesday, November 5th 2019

Habitat work has now begun in earnest and the autumn/winter job list is rather long! This morning volunteers cleared the overhanging vegetation from around one of the ponds along Risedale Beck. This will allow more light in and will also make room for contractors who will be coming soon to carry out works to improve the profile and channels into and out of the pond.

As usual there was plenty of brash which was burned on a bonfire (well, it is the 5th November after all) and the larger logs were kept to be used as path edging or for creating habitat piles.

Loppers and pruning saws were used to chop up the many branches.

With Risedale Beck in spate, it was a pleasant location to spend the morning.


With such a great team, the work was completed by late morning. The team then split into smaller groups, some clearing scrub and pulling Birch saplings and others replacing batteries in remote cameras and checking bat boxes.

Thank you to all of the people who helped out today and especially to Ian for all of his chainsaw work (powered by Yorkshire's biggest bait box)!


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