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Pond dipping with Froglife

Pond dipping with Froglife on Saturday 5 August… We feared the worst at 1pm when we had a hail storm, but by 2 the skies had cleared and we had a gloriously sunny afternoon. 11 children and 16 adults weren’t put off by the weather and, remembering the success of last time by the bridge, James Mcadie from the Wildlife Charity Froglife helped the children find many dragonfly nymphs, as well as pond skaters, hoglice and other mini beasts. The Co-op kindly donated the refreshments at their stall manned by Michelle and Zoe. James is still hopeful to find funding to come back with their digger and dredge part of the marsh in the autumn. Gallery below….

All welcome to our next Work Party when we will be meeting by the pond to clear up around the seats, weed the primrose bank, brush down the steps and prune some overhanging branches.

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Unexpected surprise in our Pocket Park

The magnificent seven worked very hard at the last Work Party clearing very large sawn-off branches, trimming overhanging branches along the path and clearing litter as well as cutting back some nettles. Many thanks to all involved for your efforts. The Conservation Volunteers working on the new section of path at the top end have had some delays in the delivery of materials, but hopefully the work will continue on Thursday. In the meantime, they have made good progress clearing grass and weeds from the rest of the paths.

I had a nice surprise last Sunday to find that the Council had replaced the rotting bridge to the right of the pond, which now has both sides enclosed and has been evened up with the level of the path to make access easier for mobility scooters.

Our next event is the Pond Dipping Workshop with the Wildlife Charity ‘Froglife’ on Saturday 5th August 2-4pm meeting by the pond.

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Marsh work party, Froglife & Badger

Nathan & Gary from the Wildlife Charity Froglife (website) made an early start at 12 noon, strimming around the edge of the marsh and then felling the willow trees with a chain saw. By the time the rest of us arrived, Nathan had started a fire and our job was to keep it fed with branches. Nuala our Neighbourhood Warden collected the logs and also removed the damped down ashes afterwards to remove any fire hazard. Many appreciative comments were received by passers-by of all ages and one lady mentioned that she had seen a badger in the area and had taken a photo of it. Many thanks to all who worked very hard and achieved a lot in a short time. Froglife hope to obtain further funding so that they can return and dredge part of the marsh in about a year’s time.

A big thank you to Nathan & Gary from Froglife.

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Froglife & the Marsh

This Saturday we will be working with volunteers from the local Froglife group removing Willow trees from the Marsh. This will be our last work party of the 2015 season before we start our winter break. Our AGM will be in February 2016 and our first work party (2016 season) will be in March.

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