I have great hopes for another successful breeding season at Wilden Marsh heronry next year, especially after the recent improvement work carried out there by CRC Ecology. The clearance work was not easy, with water on the island being waist deep, and a large number of heavy tree trunks having to be removed to the mainland across the river. The herons appear to approve of the new open water around their heronry, and I think it played a large part in the success of this year’s breeding season. I don’t like the thought of the island being invaded yet again by Himalayan balsam, and all the problems associated with this. What makes the situation so depressing is that we have the island fully stock fenced, a competent herd of cattle capable of grazing the balsam from the island, but no means of crossing river. The lack of a suitable bridge is rapidly undoing the good work carried out and the effectiveness of investments made here.
One step at a time is probably a good policy to move forward with on the marsh; after all, it’s not as if money grows on trees….