Work has got underway on both the reed cutting in the Lee Marsh and the re landscaping of the Draper area, yey. So i have had a fun couple of days chatting to my contractors and watching some fab bits of kit do work that would take us weeks (or months and years in the digger case). I have taken a few snap shots and thought i would share their progress with you.
The truxor has cut a nice chunk of reed bed that is inaccessible to us as it is surrounded by a nice deep ditch and he is starting to rake it up today. Such a clever bit of machinery, the picture below shows the Truxor with the rake attachement clearing up the reed it cut yesterday.
The digger on the draper scrape has been sorting out access to the site including having to fill in a ditch to get out on the scrape and has started to move material around scraping out lower areas on to higer areas in the planned design.
There were around 750 lapwing on lagoon 1 today a great sight. Along the trails were also mixed thrush flocks including field fare and redwing and a number of bullfinch, nice.
Over recent weeks many of you have commented on the coloured stakes that have appeared dotted around the draper area, mostly what are they for? Well these are all to do with the reprofiling works that we are having undertaken in this area to improve the scrape for passage waders. The stakes are marking out the patterns of the different ground levels so our contractors can see where the soil needs moving. Once all this work is done the area will be flooded up for the remainder of the winter (with some new islands exposed) then as we drop the water levels through the spring and summer a new area of fresh mud (excellent wader food habitat) will be exposed to pull in all those hungry passing waders at each level. Yey! fingers crossed for something good and twichable!
Our contractors BW Services Ltd arrived on site this morning to start work on this project, which is very exciting. They will be using a 360 digger to reprofile areas and move spoil around the site. This will be driven by Mark, a very skilled chap, and it is great to watch him manoeuvring and intricately creating areas with such a huge machine.
So over the next couple of weeks you should see quite a change in this area. Below are some pictures i took today of the area before work commenced and i will keep you updated as the works progress. Added bonus the Truxor is starting tomorrow as well, so it's all go here. Great fun! As well as serious conservation work in action, of course!
A couple of before pictures
Sorry for any disturbance and inconvienence this work may cause to your visit at the moment but when complete this will provide perfect conditions for waders and come the spring they should be dropping out of the sky!
We have a drop in Christmas event between 11 am and 3 pm for families on Saturday 14 December. Make Christmas presents for the wildlife in your garden - bird feeders, nestboxes and bumblebee nests - and pick up a goodie pack. £2 donation for materials.