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June 26, 2008

Our first bridge at Tadnoll was so good that we were asked back to build a second one – and this time we had brought extra help with us.

 The V-Team were back and this time bigger and better than before, with new team members to help out for the day. As well as Alison, Dan, Kerry-Ann, Lucie, Ross and Sam, we were joined by some other volunteers. We had Sarah (who had just completed her conservation degree at university) and Amy, who is working with the Urban Heath Partnership as a seasonal warden during her free time from university. We also had our wetland specialist Sarah and Steve and Noel.

As there were so many of us, we were divided up into three groups and given separate tasks. Alison, Amy, Kerry-Ann and both Sarahs (at times, it got a bit confusing!) had the task of creating a woodland trail, as part of the Tadnoll wetland project. This path would link our first bridge with the second bridge we would be building today. It would encourage visitors to use and enjoy the reserve without disturbing other parts of the reserve which are important habitats for ground-nesting birds and other wildlife. Meanwhile, the others were busy with the bridge.

 Dan and Ross had the task of sawing the planks to size, ready for nailing onto the telegraph poles which would make the bridge.

However, working with Ross for a while became too much for Dan and he just lost the will to go on!The bridge soon began to take shape. The boys did have a few problems with screwdrivers but Lucie soon sorted them out and told them to stop whinging and whining!

Back in the woods, the trail was also coming along well. We had quite a lot of overgrown thickets of blackthorn to cut through, a particularly nasty plant with great long thorns. The woodland area had not previously been managed and so the only ways through all the undergrowth had been made by wild animals, such as badgers. We used some of these trails as the basis for our path. It was a real team effort to work out which would be the best route to take through the woods and we all walked several times around the wood to help us decide. Sarah (the wetland specialist) explained to us about looking for where the sunlight naturally came through the trees and to follow a route through the woods that wouldn’t involve cutting down too much of the vegetation. The idea was to keep it looking as natural as possible, but well defined so that visitors wouldn’t stray from the path. It was also important to make sure the route didn’t have any potential trip hazards.

By the time we had worked our way through the woodland, the second bridge had been completed and so we had our basic woodland trail! Another V-Team success!

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  1. July 14, 2008 12:07 pm

    Testing my avatar – don’t ask!

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