Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday 11th April 2010

It's that time of the month again and the sun shone on the volunteer group. This month the main task was the replacement of the steps down to the Finger Lakes conservation zone, however a great turnout of volunteers meant we were able crack on with several other tasks. I joined a group doing some dead hedging in the area opposite the labyrinth. This will become a natural play area for children so the dead hedging is required to keep out dogs and the associated mess. Meanwhile the main group got busy on the steps and another group replaced the fence at the end of the Spit.

It was great working in the plantation being serenaded by a Blackcap which seemed to be doing a circuit of the area. Chaffinch, Robin and Wren were also in the area.

Lunch quickly arrived and the Steps team had done a great job almost completing the task. After lunch my group headed down to the Beach to begin shoring up the bank at the flood channel. We got started on the task by driving in some half round posts along the edge of the bank to prevent any further erosion.

A Cormorant had me grabbing for my bins as it did it's very best Great Northern Diver impression but sadly not.

We packed up a little earlier than expected having run out of materials but at least we'd made a start.

Earlier, on arrival, I had Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing at the car park. There was also a mixed flock of Swallows and Sand Martins over the main lake.

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