Strange day today. We had a bit of sunshine and then it was a bit misty and damp. But it did not deter eight of us turning out and creating a super wildlife habitat at Berrybanks.
Well done Aaron, Jez, Gary, Linda, Carrina, Mick, Tim and myself for getting out there.
We created a space where we have clumps of scrub and areas of bare ground. When the sun gets into this area in the spring, the south-east facing bank will be a riot of wild flowers.
On the north-west facing bank we found quite a bit of fungi. Thanks to Gary and Mick for pointing it out. The names have since left my head, but here are the pictures.
We have a lot of wood on the ground and it will slowly rot down as it creates a habitat for a host of bugs. This picture shows what happens to the logs. Something has stripped the bark and all the bore-holes will be full of bugs that will attract birds and mammals. The moss will also be good for species that like damp habitat.
The last picture shows how wide we have made the path. It is still very wet in places but where we have done this in other areas, the ground does dry out and grass starts to grow.
You can see the mist starting to come down on this photo.
We have created a great habitat. As we worked today we could hear a lot of birds tweeting away. We found a toad, and this area is now set up to be really diverse in the summer.
It was also great to see so many people using the greenway for family walks or cycling.
Thanks everyone today. The rest of the month will be scheduled around what Sustrans want to do with our license to work beyond Potford’s Dam and the habitat management workshop that they want to run. Just keep an eye on the blog or facebook page for dates.
Hopefully we will fall into some sort of routine soon with a weekday-weekend-weekday schedule.