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Spring Isn’t Here Yet

Tuesday, April 3rd 2018

Foxglove had snow yesterday when other areas suffered from heavy rain, so there was snow still lying this morning.  Lark and Taurus had a little hay to supplement the grazing on the Moorland and we have to make sure that we keep a balance between their grazing and looking for food throughout the day and topping up when necessary.

They will have been able to access more of the Moorland vegetation as the day progressed as the temperature rose and a thaw set in.  This has made the Cascade Ponds live up to their name and the odd shower has added to the amount of water going through the Reserve.  The ponies have also had a visit today from the Yorkshire Exmoor Pony Trust who are happy with the them and how we are looking after the two of them.

Despite the weather, we have had five volunteers in who have continued to tidy up after work on the net rides and have been gathering the brash from the cutting to take to a bonfire for burning.

We have also had the chance to work on a couple of Willows which have broken branches and remove these back to the main trunk to avoid damage to the whole tree and reduce the likelihood of infection.  Looking at the second one to be done it was clear that, being fast growing, the Willow had overtaken, and was taking light from, a previously planted Rowan.  This had grown tall and thin in trying to get to the light.

The Rowan has suffered some damage from being rubbed by branches from the Willow but this should grow over in the next year.  It should also now be able to send out more lateral growth to make use of the space and light around it.  Thanks to all the volunteers who came in today when the weather was so unpromising.

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