Conservation Sunday and Living Otter Holt Building 4.
Sunrise: 07.59 Sunset: 04.44
In spite of cold and continuous rain, eight hardy and eager volunteers turned up at Marsh Farm this morning for this month’s Conservation Sunday. By the end of the day, all work goals were easily achieved.
A huge pile of brambles and birch saplings is awaiting burning. It’s amazing what a small group of motivated volunteers can do in five hours.
Weaving of the otter holt walls is finished. The roof is on, but its weaving is not yet complete. Another eight man hours expended today increases this living otter holt build time grand total to 28 hours.
The holt now looks even more of a mess, but when finished the structure will be invisible to the casual observer. The living chamber will be dark during daylight, water and windproof, and warm. A raised floor will help control rising damp.
We have yet to roof the entrance run from the water to the main holt. A brash barrier running from the oak tree to the pond edge will protect the holt from inquisitive cattle.
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