Living Otter Holt 6, and Wilden Marsh Sunday Conservation Day.
Sunrise: 07.09 Sunset: 05.37
The living otter holt is finally finished. The build accounted for 44 work hours in total, which is a reasonable time. Nature has to play her part by facilitating rooting of the willow, greening-up of the structure, and we need a pregnant otter bitch to take up residence.
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Improvement of the field on the east bank of North Pond is almost complete. An average of six volunteers worked a total of 90 hours over 3 Sunday workdays. Our work has transformed the field from an overgrown and inaccessible mass of closely packed bramble bushes, small birch trees and other mixed scrub, into valuable pastureland. The cattle were not keen on this area, but they had to walk through it to access the swamp; hopefully, they will now graze the field and help keep it in reasonable condition.
The east bank of North Pond is also cleared of bramble and scrub. Single logs and a log pile close to the water’s edge will benefit reptiles and amphibians, whilst also attracting insects and beetles. Standing deadwood is retained for woodpeckers, and a few small standing dead elders for jelly eared fungi.
Today was very productive, and the weather just right – no rain. Many thanks to everyone for their hard work and high spirits.
North Pond is immediately behind the first line of trees in the 3rd and 4th images.
Mark did a fine job as fireman.