Friends of Dothill Local Nature Reserve
The group moved some of the oak saplings from the nursery. Here's Joerg making space near Dothill Bridge.
Glenys with sapling in its new home
What the other team did
Finished cutting back a willow encroaching on the meadow west of Tee Lake. Here's Ian L getting stuck in!
A team of Friends repaired the dead-hedge by the Shawbirch Road entrance
The Friends did some coppicing and continuation of the dead-hedge in Beanhill Wood.
One day we'll reach the end!
Planting up the first of two floating platforms, Tee Lake.
Sunshine for our dead-hedging work
Ron and Toria cleared mud from the path by the oak nursery....
Another team planted the second floating platform and 'launched' it on Tee Lake...
...while a third team collected stone to lay by Dothill Pier. Great work, everyone!
This week we began on the installation of the new 50 Tree Trail markers. Here's Ian R at tree 47.
Tree 47 Beech sign in place. Only another 49 to go!
More tree signs went in today. Russ and Jon having fun digging!
Trees 21 and 22 done.
Marion painting, Spa Meadow
Glenys and Fiona painting at the Shawbirch entrance
Some of the volunteers surveyed the next boxes. Here is a great tit...
...and here's a blue tit
One group dug out some old fencing by Dothill Pool - go for it, Jon!We also did some path clearing and sweeping.
Some of us did an orchid count on the Henge Meadow ...
...while others began laying stone on the newly dug path near Dothill Pool.
23rd June - extra session
We began planting on Tee Lake - here's Liz planting yellow flag.
Dawn and Marion planting yellow flag on Dothill Pool...
...and Chris & Keith installing a donated coir roll of plants.
Continuing the planting on Tee Lake.
A large part of our work at this time of year is keeping the paths and signs clear of encroaching vegetation.
This week we continued the lakeside planting and cleared some paths - here is the one at the end of Donnerville Close.
We installed a recycled plastic bench by Beanhill Brook, bought with a kind donation from the Friends of Bowring Park.
Another team began clearing the oak nursery of 'weeds'.
One team cleared the Donnerville Spinney entrance...
...after finishing at the oak nursery...
...while everyone else completed the new path by Dothill Pool. A great morning's work, everyone.
This week the Friends cleared round the insect hotels on Spa Meadow and the maples near the Shawbirch Road entrance...
... while another team did some poplar control by Tee Lake.
The Friends did some willow clearing from the 'scrape' in the wetland area...
...there were a lot to tackle but we cracked on!
Some of the Friends learned how to do kick-sampling in the streams...
...others did some path work...
...while a third team cut back the stream banks by Dothill Bridge.
We cleared the 'snake field' dead-hedge and planted some downy birch, while others strimmed the 50 Tree Trail signs.
Today we cleared the path by Grinshill Flats ...
...and paths by the wetland area. Short stints due to the heat.
Litter-picking duties on one of the Reserve's new areas. Bags and hoops supplied by Wellington Town Council.
There were a few of us in spite of the rain!