Author Archives: John Morris


Starting at 10am – The work planned includes:
Further raking/spreading of the stone in the new dog entry site by the rope swing;
Rut-busting or raking the path beside Cox’s Wood;
Coppicing hawthorn alongside the brook to reduce shading;
Clearance of overgrowth ready for digging the second backwater, below the wooden bridge;
Water sampling and invertebrate (kick) sampling.

Helped needed starting at 10am. We have hired machinery and will have 18 tonnes of gravel delivered in advance, and on the day a 4 ton mini-digger and a 7m tele-hoist with a 2 ton bucket. Our aim will be to re-profile the ‘rope swing’ dog entry point (to a slope of 20-30 degrees), and to carry gravel from Oxford Road to that site and spread it on the silt bed and the dog entry slope.

Please bring wellies or waders so you can help in the brook too! As always there will be other jobs so please come if you can.




There will  be a work party on October 15th starting at 10am, details to follow.

We could not organize the gravel and machinery deliveries for next Sunday 24th (as planned for our “extra” work party) SO IT IS CANCELLED.



Our monthly workparty will start at 10am, meeting in the Scout Hut car park (Southern Road Recreation Ground). We have a range of tasks so please come and help if you can.

This Sunday we will start work on several major projects at Cuttlebrook Nature Reserve, meet at the Scout Hut, Southern Road Recreation Ground car pak (OX9 2DZ) prompt at 10am or find us on Nontron meadow near Oxford Road where we will be using a digger to create a  backwater.

We will be at the ‘Red Kite play day’ with a gazebo near the entrance to the reserve. It will be a great family day, and we’ll have stuff for kids to do and promote the Cuttlebrook reserve so do come along and say hello.

Our July work party will be this Sunday July 16th at 10am (meet at the Scout Hut car park OX9 2DZ).
Tasks will be
Annual butterfly survey
Finding and removing any Himalayan Balsam, Ragwort, Japanese Knotweed or Giant Hogweed

Larvae and fish sampling in the brook and collecting water samples for chemical analysis

Cutting nettles, mowing paths and pruning low branches


Sunday 18th June at 10 am (meet at the Scout car park). It will include our annual meadow plant survey, as well as nettle bashing and water bug sampling

There will actually be two events ; if you are an early riser, we will be holding our annual common-bird survey starting at 5:30am.

Otherwise, our normal Sunday start will be at 10:00am  meeting at the Scout Hut car park for what is usually a varied mix of vegetation management, paths maintenance and wildlife monitoring.

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