Archive | March, 2013

March, So Cold

14 Mar

Sundays work day was so cold, bitter winds, chill factor -8 but did we give up NO. Even when the snow blizzard was hitting us in the face and you could hardly feel your fingers, of course this could just be stupidity. Tree planting is what we had planed and tree planting is what we did. We planted in total around 500 trees with the help of our much appreciated Tameside grew.

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The trees went along side of the hedgerow we planted last month and filling in among the new wood. Ian had ordered some goat willow that Ron and James planted these close to the stream and along side the very old willows, the old willow have seen better days but provid some height on the reserve.

 

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Due to the flooding on site the litter has been at it’s highest ever, anyone who’s litter picked knows its not the most desirable job , but that said Dave and Lee started the mass litter collect over the Peelers way side, Ron having made a few piles on his weekly travels across the reserve. Because of the backlog of jobs we’ve added extra work days this month these will include a full team litter pick and planting the remainder of the phragmites reed.
Extra jobs already completed this month include the construction of some new tern rafts to float on the lake. We do have one at the moment but it’s quite old and in need of a little repair we hope to float the new rafts at the April work day.

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February, cold and wet.

9 Mar

February was the worst , think we’re all fed-up with this cold wet weather. This work day was not an exception! Our volunteers are just great no matter how cold or wet, they come along and support the reserve. We got soaked to the skin in cold rain and freezing in the biting wind, we needed our hot tea at break to defrost.
Despite all nature could throw at us we got lots done. At our meeting we had discussed going over to swan island to clear it ready for the nesting birds. Unfortunately on the Sunday it was far to dangerous for boating, the flood waters had not gone down yet, so plan two was to continue with our planting program. We took delivery of approximately 1000 new trees and hedgerow whips a few days  before work day, these will be divided between the lake side and peelers way. On this work day we planted new hedgerow along side the new wood area at the southern end of the reserve ( lake side)
This is a list of the stock we have to plant or have planted.
Guelder Rose, Wild Privet, Crab Apple, Rowan, Dog Wood, Alder Buckthorn, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Goat Willow, Buckthorn, Dog Rose, Elder

 

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On the following Sunday a small group ventured out on to swan island to clear the island as planned while we had more favourable weather and the water levels. Job well done.
Also added to the reserve two wagtail boxed close to the aqueduct this was done on a separate mission by Ian, Dave and Ron.

On a slightly more negative note the lovely gate instated at our new Peelers Way entrance has been stolen, not quite sure how they had the nerve to walk off with a full size wooden field gate but they did. So if anyone offers you a gate going cheep while your in the local pub let us know 😉