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Thursday, October 17th 2019

With the sun shining, the levels in the cascading ponds were finally low enough for more maintenance work to be carried out. When the levels were at their highest, water had escaped along the side of one of the dams and the bank needed to be raised. Measurements were taken and then the team found some suitable timber to fill the gap.

It wasn't long until the wood was in place and perfectly level!

Clay was then used to pack the new structure into place. 

The 'after' photo below shows the result. 

Volunteers have been busy all week with all kinds of jobs. From recording fungi to clearing out the field centre gutters and everything in between! Cutting and raking has been a priority in between rainfall and today the reed bed was cut back from the path and net ride. It was more like working in a remote jungle than in the middle of Europe's largest army garrison; a refreshing break from studying Bullfinch data!

As quite often is the case, a small job turned out to be much bigger than expected when a board had broken in the boardwalk close to the lake.

Several repairs were necessary along this stretch.

Once again, our sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed this week in whatever way!


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