Archive | September, 2017

September volunteer work day

10 Sep

There’s lots of jobs to get through on the reserve this time of year so many we could be working every weekend. The weather forecast was bad for this weekend so we thought we might have to leave the clearing of tern island till a later day, luckily we managed to fit it in. Tern island had quite a bit to clear so a small group took the boat over. We normally set up a pulley system to save on the rowing but we had a problem when the rope broke, I would imagine Peters arms will be a bit stiff from rowing tomorrow specially in the wind. The island is once again clear.

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We have a natural bird feeding area made from willow branched twisted together but as you know willow will just grow so we have to keep cutting off the new growth. At least now the birds can see the feeders. We do feed throughout the year but as winter approaches more feed will be put out to help the birds. The area’s by the main gates so it makes it easy and accessible to our visitors we get a variety of birds including the woodpecker so you always get to see something. The hide screens are going to be replaced by a woven dead hedge, the reserve already has one or two of these and they work well creating more habitat and a natural barrier when needed.

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Other work completed this work day included water testing and litter picking. The group now do regular water testing so each month we have a record of the water quality in the river Tame, the lake and stream, the results are then entered on the environmental agency we site, it helps to pick up any problems quickly, natural or man mad pollution.

The fashion statement of the day goes to Ron Timms who had different coloured wellies on, when asked why ……. he had a hole in one of each pairs luckily the good ones made a pair even if different colours.

Its our eleventh AGM next month so I look forward to giving you a review of all things Tameside, this will I’m sure include a review on David’s break time biscuits.

Seven months on Tameside

6 Sep

Our volunteers have had an exciting year with phase two of our profiling work completed, the island in the river Tame created and lots of new planting done. We now have to play the waiting game to see just how fantastic its going to look, going on the early signs its going to be great. One of the new additions is the sand martin bank we hope this will have nesting birds next year, we always jokingly say build it and they will come and so far we haven’t done to bad. This year our owl box had a nesting barn owl this being one of our target birds, success was rearing three chicks.
In august we held our first bioblitz the lists are still being compiled but we are already in the hundreds not to bad considering the number taking part, personally I enjoyed the pond dipping.
We are building a good picture of what we have on site now and can see how the work done over the last 11 years has improved the reserve. What next ?

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Above is the completed Tracey Island re created in the river Tame. The ground has already started to green up, next year we hope that all the new planting will look great. This is going to be an asset for the reserve creating even more habitat.

We’ve also added to the boardwalk along side of the lake and continue to improve the bird feeding area.

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August work day really wasn’t work. Over two days we held our first BioBlitz. Night one we set mammal traps,  looked for bats and moths. I will add a bit more on this when the lists have been collated by group members we already have hundreds.

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Mammal trapping above and below at the Tamefest event showing off our fab reserve.

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Below the Tameside team working on the new sand martin bank, many hands make light work.

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