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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wed 19th June 2019 - Bodster Equine Assisted Learning CIC, Godshill. GG # 790.

Terry's Photographs.













A rather nicely shaped puffball.

Editorial will be added when it arrives.

Many thanks to Terry for taking and contributing the photographs this week.



Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wed 12th June 2019 - The Village Green, Yarmouth. GG # 789.

Terry's Photographs.

Old friends meeting up...Merlin and Gizmo...!



and off to work we go...



Goodness me....just where does one start..?


Nice new benches.


By tea break it was starting to warm up a little.


The "arisings" will be collected at a later date.



Some of the areas that were cleared.



Time to pack it all away - before the rain arrives.
Just look at those ominous clouds..!

Working at this site has been a long term favourite for Team GG....especially as we don't have to pay for the parking..! This time we were asked to concentrate our efforts on the tree/hedge area that runs east to west across the green. Everything had become rather grown in and was certainly in need of some "pruning" which in GG terms means lopers and bow saws. All the arisings were carefully piled up, in various places, ready for disposal at a later date. The session started rather cool for a mid June day but once work got underway then the top layers were soon discarded. As a bonus, we also did a site wide litter pick which really wasn't that difficult to do - Yarmouth residents seem to be a particularly tidy bunch when it comes to littering...Well Done 👍. With a forecasted yellow met warning for thundery rain stating at 13:00, we were lucky to have it dry throughout.

Many thanks to Terry for the photographs this week.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wed 5th June 2019 - Lynch Copse, Parsonage Farm, Newchurch. GG # 788.

Terry's Photographs.










Yellow Flag Iris


These are thought to be butterfly eggs....awaiting ident confirmation..!

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs..the editorial will be added as soon as it arrives..👏


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Wed 29th May 2019 - Morton Marsh, Sandown GG # 787.

Alison's Photographs.




Mark's Editorial.

Morton Marsh was full of the sounds of Reed Warbler this morning which took me right back to a holiday on the Broads a few years ago, marvelously atmospheric. However it was decidedly dry underfoot today in Sandown due to the lack of a decent rain in recent weeks but nevertheless the reeds were sprouting well. As were the Himalayan Balsam plants in amongst them, these were the target of our efforts today; to pull and pile them, so they can desicate in the sun. The session on HB control, as Bob says 'Pesky Plant Pulling', marks the first of the season ... next week Newchurch for some more!

We were treated with this scene as we left the site.


Alison's Editorial.
Today we were working with Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust at Morton Marsh on one of our favourite summer jobs – Himalayan balsam pulling!  As we know HB loves nestling in amongst nettles and today was no exception.  We also had to contend with the old reed stems – just at the right height for a poke in the eye......  At the end of the session a good amount had been pulled and piled up to dry out.  Rain had threatened for most of the morning, but never really came to much and we had a good turnout of hardy GG-mers. 

Many thanks to both Alison and Mark for the photos and editorials...👍