On 11th March, the volunteers made their last visit to the leats across Roborough Down for this season. We managed to clear about 550m of the Plymouth Leat above Clearbrook until it disappeared into private land and make a substantial start on the very overgrown Devonport Leat.
The Devonport Leat before clearance. Photo: Derek Collins

The Devonport Leat before clearance. Photo: Derek Collins

Wildlife was in abundance, we managed to photograph a lovely adder basking in the March sunshine, Derek was privileged to see a Dartford Warbler, pointed out by a guy with a 3ft lens on his camera, and Adam adopted a toad.
First Adder of the season Photo: Derek Collins

First Adder of the season Photo: Derek Collins

Adam's Toad. Photo: Derek Collins

Adam’s Toad. Photo: Derek Collins

The Devonport Leat after clearance. Photo: Derek Collins

The Devonport Leat after clearance. Photo: Derek Collins

The day was rounded off with a great evening at The Prince of Wales pub in Princetown, where we enjoyed a splendid buffet and team “Slashers” triumphed over team “Loppers” in a closely fought skittles match.
Refreshments for hard-working volunteers at The Prince of Wales, Princetown. Photo: Derek Collins

Refreshments for hard-working volunteers at The Prince of Wales, Princetown. Photo: Derek Collins

Thank you to all who participated in what was a truly memorable day.