After the previous raw, rain-swept day we were pleased to see a fine start to Sunday 14th February with patches of blue sky showing. Six of the botany group gathered along the track where wood calamint grows on the verge to carry out clearance of the remains of last year’s rank vegetation, new growth of bramble and woody growth of the shading hazel elder and spindle.
This year we had the benefit of new tools, long-handled loppers and billhooks, bought from the Peter Brough award we received in 2014 and these certainly made the task easier. We cleared the main site by 11.30 am and then after a coffee-and-cake break set about the smaller lay by which by 1pm was looking considerably tidier. We were pleased to have had a calm sunny day, sheltered from the wind to complete the job.
We are hoping that we may be able to continue our translocation work in a couple of months; more details to follow.