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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wed 20th June 2018 - Arreton Down, Down End, Newport. GG # 740.

Bob's Photograph.

Mark addresses the intrepid Team GG during the tea break.

This week we were continuing with the Pesky Plant Pulling - but this time it was up on the downs and the PPP was focused on the dreaded Ragwort...! If there is anyone reading this who isn't familiar with this weed then please use the following link Ragwort Link. Having all met up in the car park it was off to scour the down in our attempt to eradicate it...armed with forks to lift it and bags to transport it to the dump site. Everyone was in agreement that there appears to be less and less each year that we tackle this job but it is still early in the season so we had better not start counting our chickens before they hatch..! As can be seen from the photograph, it was a rather overcast day with the occasional light drizzle but that didn't spoil the beautiful views from this high point. A well attended session where everyone got a great deal of exercise walking around while playing the "spot the ragwort" game :-) 

More photographs will be added as they arrive.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wed 13th June 2018 - Yar Valley from Alverstone to Adgestone. GG # 739.

Mark's Photographs.

 Azure Damselfly.

Tony's Photographs.

There were 23 of us game balsam pullers out to start the season!  The East Yar valley in Adgestone looks beautiful and plenty of cyclists were out enjoying the cycle path and enquiring as to what we were doing. We were removing the non native Himalayan Balsam plant we'd say, and then engage in a bit more detail. These plants dominate the habitat to the very great detriment of our native flora, and indeed it is thought affect the Water Voles too as they enhance the rate of erosion along the river when the bare banks are exposed during the winter months.

Many thanks to Tony and Mark for taking the photographs ant to Mark for the editorial.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wed 6th June 2018 - The Duver & Priory Bay, St Helens. GG # 738.

Bob's Photograph.

Tea break in the car park.
Mark's Photographs.

This week was one of those GG sessions where Mark takes us all to the seaside..! No sand castles and  ice cream for us though, it was hard work from start to finish.  Having met all met up in the National Trust car park everyone equipped themselves with litter grabs and black plastic bags. The pre-tea break task concentrated on the area around the mill pond, the woods adjacent to the access road and what used to be the golf links. Surprisingly, for such a large area, there really wasn't a lot of litter to collect and by the time we all assembled for a cuppa, most people had bags that were half full or even less..! After tea break our attention turned to the shoreline, including the surrounding sand dunes, then along the beach towards Priory Bay. Some brave souls elected to take dog poo bags with them to pick up behind those dog owners who thought that it was the job of "the dog poo fairy" rather than picking it up themselves..!
The weather was a glorious sunny day which ensured an excellent turn out of GGmers.

Many thanks to Mark for taking the photographs this week.

The following historical photographs of the old golf course turned up.... Thanks Alex..!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wed 30th May 2018 - Bodster Equine Assisted Learning CIC, Godshill. GG # 737.

Terry's Photographs.

Nature corner.

A caterpillar of the Mullein Shark Moth on mullein (verbascum).

A ground beetle.

We returned and there was great relief it wasn't raining! Sadly we were done out of the stunning view as the clouds were hanging low and moisture was in the air, albeit very light.  The job in hand was to continue from a couple of weeks ago, when we got well and truly soaked, hence the relief, and to weed the sensory garden of grasses and the like. We then used, as can be seen, some membrane to prevent them re-establishing and planted through the membrane some fresh and colourful planting. We look forward to seeing them mature as hopefully Jo will send us some pics in the summer.

Many thanks to Terry for this week's excellent photographs and to Mark for writing the editorial.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wed 23rd May 2018 - Dickson's Copse, Dodnor, Newport. GG # 736.

Terry's Photographs.

Adjacent to where we working today.

The pre-session briefing.

Work starts on the pathway drainage scheme.

Clearing back the undergrowth.

New steps - part one.

Tea in the sun...!

Site clearance for the new seating feature.

New steps - part two.

Temporary pathway repairs by the pond.

New steps - part one - after completion.

Caterpillar of a Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing moth.

Caterpillar of a Lackey moth.

This week we were back down at Dickson's Copse which is just off Stag Lane at Newport. Apparently, there is to be a seat come cycle rack sculpture installed when the path to the mill pond meets the cycle track - overlooking the old cement mills site. To enable them to do a proper ground survey, we were asked to clear the area of all undergrowth, rocks, litter etc. Other members of Team GG went off to continue the footpath drainage work that we started here last session and to build two flights of steps on the steeper parts of the woodland walk. We also did some temporary repairs to waterlogged area of the path, adjacent to the pond. All in all a very "energetic" session as the materials and tools had to be wheelbarrowed a considerable distance through the woods...! Unlike several of our last visits here, when we all got soaked to the skin in the rain, the weather was glorious with sun throughout. A well attended session in spite of the somewhat distant parking arrangements.
The GG AGM was held at the Stag Inn following the work session.

Many thanks to Terry for taking this week's photographs.