On Sunday 4th September, the first workday of the autumn schedule,eleven DPA volunteers returned to High House Waste.   Getting back to working with bow saws, loppers and strimmers was a nice, if tiring, change.  Before we started work Derek found a Meadow Grasshopper.

Meadow grasshopper.

Meadow grasshopper.

An area of European gorse was cleared close to the main, Oliver Sayer, gate.  The farmer should now find the cattle easier to manage when going on and off the site. …..

Cleared area near the Oliver Sayer gate.

Cleared area near the Oliver Sayer gate.

 

Several other jobs were done.

  • Adam took fixed point photos of the area on the west which has been swaled, to show how the heather, grasses and gorse have responded to the burn.
  • The aim is for greater botanical diversity in an area that had been overgrown by Western Gorse.
  • Chris and Nigel moved gengards closer to where they will be wanted, and Chris set one up to protect a seedling.
  • A large tree had fallen onto the fence on the edge of the wood; Derek made some temporary stopgaps which should make sure the cattle don’t stray into the wood.  The fallen tree will be removed soon.
Temporary fence repair

Temporary fence repair.

We’ll be back next Sunday, 11th September, to survey the small trees which are scattered around the higher parts of the site, which were measured and assessed for condition in 2006.   We shall find out how they’ve fared since then.

 

Lunch.

Lunch.