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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Wed 6th Nov - Various Locations..! (see text below). GG # 809.

Terry's Photographs.

The start of the session at Morton Marsh.

Venue number Two...Arreton Down.'s GG session turned out to be a little unusual...! We all met up, as arranged, at Morton Marsh expecting to be doing some coppicing.... unfortunately the high water table was destined to put an end to that. Between Mark surveying the work site and today, we have had had an awful amount of rain making the marsh all but inaccessible. Waders would have been nice but a snorkel and flippers probably better (you get the picture 😊). After some prolonged consultation with the rangers and then a quick site survey, it was decided that no useful work could be achieved there until the water levels drop significantly. We had  an early tea break and a chat about the work that has been completed there since our last visit, which included the digging of several ponds and the building of a raised area in the middle - all of which is designed to encourage more wildlife. A quick show of hands (not another referendum!) was then taken to decided where the rest of the session was to be held. Arreton Down appears to have won the vote and many of the team relocated there to continue with the scrub clearance that we have been doing there previously. The alternative was to go down to Yaverland beach for a litter pick... not sure if any took up that option but, if you did, then please let me know for inclusion in this blog. The session remained dry and it was still pleasantly warm considering that we are now into November.

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photos today.

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