The congested pond.
Steve, Trevor and Jeff were best dressed for the weather
as they had waders on!
A cleared area.
The "neigh"bours were friendly!
The reason we do all this work....the wildlife.
Believed to be a young Bank Vole.
It all started so well.....
and then the rain came down!
The excitement of a new venue was somewhat "dampened" by torrential rain during our GG session this week. About half an hour into the session, the heavens opened and it just poured down.... to the extent that, at tea break, you had to drink your tea double quick before it topped up with rain! In spite of the weather, we made excellent progress at clearing the overgrown undergrowth from around the pond area. Half the team set about cutting a new access to the south side of the pond with the remainder tackling the overgrown areas around the original access path. Needless to say, with this being a pond, the willow has taken hold and the dense bramble thickets were well over head height. Although completely drenched to the skin, we carried on after tea break but eventually even the bravest souls had to call it a day. By the time we came to leave, the access lane was starting to resemble a white water rafting river, such was the intensity of the downpour. Typically, as I drove back into Newport, the clouds parted and the sun came out. Birchmore Pond is a delightful area to hold a GG session at but please can someone book better weather if we are to work here again...!
Considering the weather forecast, there was a good turnout with two new members joining us. Due to the this site being adjacent to the cycle track, a good few GGmers arrived on their bikes, so well done to them!
And finally.... a couple of extra photographs from Mark.
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) in cop
Photographs courtesy of Carrie and Mark, many thanks. Hope the cameras have dried out!