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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wed 15th Jun 2016 - Wroxall Stream (Barncourt Farm). GG # 639.

Linda's Photographs.

Back-breaking work...

Find that pesky HB….!!!

A well earned tea break.

Mark's Photographs.

Hemlock Water Dropwort.

Ragged Robin.

A Leafhopper.

The best view of HB - pulled up and in a pile!

The next-door neighbours show an interest...

Barn Swallows.

This week we continued our work at trying to try and eliminate the dreaded Himalayan Balsam from along the fields adjacent to Wroxall Stream. We have now moved south of the Donkey Sanctuary (see earlier blog entries) and working our way upstream, towards the camping site. The first problem was that, on arrival, both ends of Redhill Lane had "road closed" signage…! Being true 'corkheads' we just ignored this and drove past the diversion signs, only to be confronted by two tractors and a truck that were doing ditching work along the single track road! Mark managed to get permission for us to park in the adjacent camping site car park (many thanks to them) so it was a bit of a hike to the work site. The fields adjacent to this stream are left to grow naturally so the undergrowth can be head high in places at this time of year, making the location of the HB quite difficult. Working on the principle that every HB plant pulled out will stop the seeding of numerous new plants next year, we were soon spread out uprooting every one that we could locate. Some of the later team GG arrivals managed to get access to our regular parking spot in the adjacent field, so thank you to Barncourt Farm for giving us permission to use it. In spite of the rather difficult start to the session, it was well attended and the weather warnings for thundery, heavy downpours were not an issue (thank goodness!).

Many thanks to Linda and Mark for the photographs this week.

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