First Winter Worky Day

Saturday, November 4th 2017

Volunteers dressed in waders or wellies and very old clothes, headed to the wetland for more pond clearance.  An aromatic job to say the least but an essential one as the ponds have become almost totally overgrown.  At the start of the day decisions were made as to who would go where and do which job.

Working in the ponds

Once the Reedmace, sometimes known as Bulrush, Typha latifolia, was pulled by those in the ponds, those working on the sides raked it onto the banks to allow it to drain and any life amongst it, to crawl back into the water.

Working in the ponds

Our work party, as always, included a wide age range, from teenagers to those who are no longer exactly young in age, but always young  at heart.

Working in the ponds

As the morning turned from dull to bright sunshine so the amount of water to be seen in the ponds increased.

Working in the ponds

Lunch time saw the usual curry, which was enjoyed by everyone, also tea and 'stickies'.  There was a call for a photo before heading back to the wetland.

The Worky Party

Work continued all afternoon and by the end of the day the result of the hard work could be seen.

Almost sunset at theend of the day

Whilst clearing the vegetation, several signs of Water Vole activity were noted.  Although it can't be seen in the photo, as it was taken, a Water Vole showed itself before making its characteristic plop and then it swam alongside the bank. 

Many thanks to everyone who helped today, not only in the ponds but making 'stickies'.

If you would like to join in our next Worky Day, it is on 2nd December, 10 till 3.  Please book through the web site or call the reserve.


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