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Work party 21st May 2017

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.

Work party on Sunday 9th April 2017

Our April Cuttlebrook work party will be a WEEK EARLIER than usual, because Easter is on the 3rd Sunday this month.
We will meet at 10am in the Scout hut car park.

Sunday 19 March work party

Meet at 10am.¬†Tasks include cutting back the blackthorn and brambles in the “triangle” near the Phoenix Trail, and the usual chemical and invertebrate / bug water-sampling.

Updated plan for Sunday 19th Feb

Start at 10am. Additional job – We now have the plastic pipe (100 metres of it) which will feed the pond from the man-hole on the hill to prevent it drying out every Summer. The pipe will need to be buried in a shallow but fairly long trench.

Please come if you can (many hands etc), and bring your garden spade(s) if possible. Picks and mattocks may also help.

Sunday 19th February 2017 workparty

Meet at 10am in the Scout Hut car park, Southern Road. Bring warm, tough clothes and boots. If you have favourite gloves, loppers and saws then please bring them too, or you can use ours. We will be working on trees and scrub to get the habitat right.

January work party

Our first 2017 workparty will be next Sunday 15th January. This will involve tree work (pruning, coppicing and felling). We meet by the Scout Hut at 10am.

Sunday 16th October work party

Next volunteer work party will meet at 10.00am at the Scout Hut car park in Southern Road. Jobs may include cutting the important sedge and reed beds to keep them in good condition.

Work party 21st August 2016

This Sunday we will meet at the Scout hut car park, Southern Road Recreation ground, at about 10 am.
Our main tasks will be
Measuring the ‘fall’ to see if the reed beds could feed the pond to maintain a good water level.
Kick-sampling in the brook for river-fly larvae, and taking water samples.
Cutting (and ideally removing) excess nettles .
Replacing the main entrance ‘Cuttlebrook’ sign.
Mowing paths, clearing edges and overhangin g branches.
Litter picking at key locations, and maybe from the pond and brook.
We also have some activities for younger volunteers, if a parent needs to entertain them!

17th July Work party

Our Sunday workparty for July (3rd Sunday every month) will be next weekend, July 17th. All are welcome at the Scout hut car park 10am…
Tasks may include re-instating the “Cuttlebrook Reserve” sign at the main entrance, removing cleavers and other growth from our recently laid hedge at Cox’s wood, cutting paths, nettles and overhanging branches, chemical and riverfly water sampling, and a butterfly survey.

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