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Notes from the Field: early November

Posted: Friday 10th November 2017 by Lewis Goldwater

Midweek Work Party Autumn Social

The Thursday group had their autumn social event last week, which was a combined guided walk and practical work day at Bodenham Lake. In the morning, Project Officer Sophie, led the group around the site explaining all the work that the Lugg Wetland Gem project has planned for the lake, and how it will improve the habitat value of the site and wider river valley. We also learnt about the methods for controlling non-native crayfish in and around the river Lugg.

After taking lunch in the new bird hide, the volunteers did what they do best with an afternoon of removing alder, in areas around the lake that can now be reprofiled as a result of their work.

Improving the bird hide and pond at Sturts South

It hardly seems like yesterday that the new hide was built at Sturts South but how quickly the willow has grown! The midweek group have been coppicing willow trees that are encroaching into the pond and in front of the hide. The work will help to let more light onto the pond, improving the view of the pond from the hide, expand the habitat for aquatic species and birds and reduce the rate at which the pond dries out.


 

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