(Rescheduled due to Storm Eunice) – We’ll be cutting willow on 5th and 6th March and would love some help. The main task will be clearing away coppice material that has already been felled by chainsaw. We also hope to carry out some major management on the willow maze. Meet at 10am or later on either day at the osier bed, which can be reached by crossing the hay field on the path leading away from the B&M and park and ride footbridge. Cross the stream on the concrete culvert, and then head straight for the fence in front of you.
Reed warblers and reed buntings ceased breeding when the willow weavers resumed annual harvesting in that area. Our aim now is to recreate short-rotation coppice on the area that the weavers don’t cut, in a bid to get these wetland birds nesting here once more.
The ground could be quite wet, so bring good work boots or wellies, plus gloves, food and drink, and a bowsaw or loppers if you have them. If you’d like to join the team on either day (or both!) please email Paul at email@example.com. If the weather looks doubtful, phone Paul on the day 07885 867580 to see if the task is still going ahead.