Pond Maintenance

Tuesday, August 31st 2010

Volunteers were hard at work carrying out pond maintenance today. This involved removing New Zealand Stone Crop (Crassula helmsii) from some of our ponds. This aquatic creeping perennial was introduced to the UK by aquarists and is now clogging an increasing number of our shallow still waters.

Volunteers working on pond maintenance

Mink raft claysMeanwhile the woodland trails were strimmed and pruned.

After lunch, the mink raft clays were filled with fresh clay. This is a really messy job as you can see but Anne was keen to get stuck in and mix and Anthony impressed us all with his plastering skills! The rafts are a useful way of checking to see if American mink are present on the reserve. The clay pads are checked regularly for mink footprints. This is important as mink are voracious predators and would quickly wipe out our Water Vole population.


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