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Sprucing up the reserve

Wednesday, October 9th 2013

Contractors have been hard at work upgrading some of the path network running through the reserve.  Surfaces have been refreshed on many of the paths where they have been breaking up over time and succumbing to subsidence.  The new level surfaces should make it much easier for visitors to navigate around the site.

Over time as trees along the beck have grown, flyways used by Kingfishers, Dippers and Grey Wagtails have become overgrown and impassable.  Several have been felled this morning to open this route up and encourage more birds to use the beck to feed and breed.

The contractors have been careful, minimising disturbance here as they work.  The logs are being removed from the beck and used to create habitat piles which will create refuges for amphibians and invertebrates looking for places to hibernate.  The brash, in due course will be chipped and used to infill some of the woodland pathways which were edged last winter.

Thank you to everyone from Staley Stonework who have been involved in these projects!

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