After a four-week rest, courtesy of Australian flu, I started clearing the Great Crested Newt Pond today, at the northern end of the Swamp. At the beginning of 2017, a small copse surrounding the GCN pond was removed. The water in the pond is now too nutrient-rich, so the time has come to remove the rotting vegetation and some of the bull rushes clogging this narrow strip of standing water.
I’ve cleared around a quarter of the pond and there’s probably two more days of bottom raking with a long-handled jumbo ditching fork to do. When I’ve finished this job, I’ll start clearing a section of the central drainage ditch for the water voles.
Welding the long-handled jumbo ditching fork, pitch fork and axe is very good for improving one’s core strength, and certainly makes a person aware that they have a back, arms and thighs; fortunately, I’m not suffering because my body is used to this type of eexercise. Working on the marsh for just two days a month can make a big difference to a persons health and wellbeing.