On Tuesday 29th November, we had a good day with 17 of us appearing at the Pudsham hay meadows that are now owned by the DPA.  We cleared lots of scrub to increase the area of wild flowers that typify this increasingly scarce habitat.  Much of the cut material was burnt and some stacked to form a habitat pile.  It was good to have the fire as frost stayed in some parts of the fields throughout the day.  The tractor was great for transporting material in bulk.  Some fence repairs were also undertaken.  In blog-meister’s absence, they forgot to photograph the cake but rest assured, there was plenty!

The volunteers today: John and Rachel, John and Elaine, Hilary and Peter, Christian, Clare, Chris, Derek, Norman, Bob, Sylvia, Bill, Val, and Mary.
Pudsham Field before clearing, with no fence visible. Photo: Hilary Marshall

Pudsham Field before clearing, with no fence visible. Photo: Hilary Marshall

Tractor gathering cut material. Photo: Hilary Marshall

Tractor gathering cut material. Photo: Hilary Marshall

The bonfire is started for burning cuttings. Photo: Hilary Marshall

The bonfire is started for burning cuttings. Photo: Hilary Marshall

Testing the swing. Photo: Rachel Watson

Testing the swing. Photo: Rachel Watson

Watching the fire. Photo: Rachel Watson

Watching the fire. Photo: Rachel Watson

Tractor exiting the field. Photo: Rachel Watson

Tractor exiting the field. Photo: Rachel Watson

Pudsham Field after clearing, now with the fence visible. Photo: Hilary Marshall

Pudsham Field after clearing, now with the fence visible. Photo: Hilary Marshall