|Volunteers lined the ditch, forming a production line of efficient digging 'machines'!|
And what luck, as the sun shone yet again for this second ditch restoration event - a brief and very welcome respite from the rain of late which made our task much more pleasurable.
|Looking back on the work we did last time, a full and flowing ditch is very satisfying to see glinting in the sun!|
|David enjoyed his first biodiversity volunteering event, with the sun on his back he grafted to dig out forkfuls of leaves from the clogged ditch.|
|Look carefully, this long grass is hiding signs of mammal activity. Only a few centimetres wide, these could be the entrances to bank vole tunnels on the ditch bank.|
And it wasn't long before we had attracted the attention of more than one Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in search of a worm or two uncovered by all our digging.
|Our faithful friend the Robin was always close by to pick up a tasty treat!|
When we got tired, Layla's radio music got momentum going again and a spot of competition as to who could throw the leaves the furthest helped too!
|The brambles in this spot seemed particularly vigorous, but no match for David and his shears!|
|And as has become customary, Simon was able to find an 'alder' fact-of-the-day: |
Known for giving strong, clear, full bodied sound, Alder was the choice for famous guitar makers Fender!
|A proud but weary team resting on their tools at the end of the day!|
|Looking back along just one of the worked stretches - what an achievement!|
Thank you to everyone - Simon, Anna, Amy, Layla, Becca, Sam and David - for your amazing hard work this Saturday. You should be very proud of the improvement you have made here! And if you, or anyone else, fancies sharing in some more of this feel good factor, we'll be clearing invasive rhododendron shrubs from Kingston Hill on 25th January - another hugely satisfying event. Hope to see you there!