Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday 22nd November

Just back from a day in the park, working on a couple of the "Fingers" of Fingers Lake with Nicky and Danny. Beforehand I had a quick look around Fingers and had 32 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 15 Teal and 3 Little Grebe. There were a couple of Wigeon and 5 Tufted Ducks on the main lake.

Back to task of the day, we continued the coppicing work that has commenced on the 2 Fingers this year. Danny took down a couple of the larger Willows on the Finger, the Rangers had already worked on. Meanwhile myself and Nicky started cutting our way onto the next Finger. By the end of the day the first Finger had a covering of brash ready to be burned on the next visit and the second Finger had a clear path down the middle, allowing better access for the chainsaw.

This work is part of a regular cycle where up to 3 of the Fingers are coppiced each year.

While we sat and ate our lunch a Water Rail was heard squealing over at the south end of Fingers, or possibly the Crescent. 15 Redwing passed over south east.
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