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Winter Work Continues

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

Snow blizzards hampered some of the work outside on the reserve yesterday.


Contractors worked out in the harsh conditions to repair and replace old damaged bridges on the easy access trail. In between the wintery showers they were able to make good progress.

Sawing Wood

So far two bridges have been completed and a third is well underway.


Please take care if you are visiting as some sections may be difficult to pass.

Repair work

Below you can see one of the finished bridges.

New Bridge

Sitting out in the bitter cold wind this Pheasant seemed rather envious of the warm conditions inside the office!


In sharp contrast to yesterday's weather, the sky was bright blue today. The task for the mid-week volunteers was to clear an area of scrub so that it can be planted up as an orchard with apple, plum and pear trees.


The group set to work and by mid morning most of the brash had been piled up ready for the bonfire.


Here is the same area at the end of the day. Watch this space as over the next few weeks it is re-planted with native fruit trees to benefit the wildlife.


As usual a great deal of effort was put into the day and everyone enjoyed a well earned break before going home (some more than others)!

Sleepy Volunteer!

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