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Week 8 – Ponds, Newts and Doughnuts

September 25, 2009
Some how it is the end of the week again.
Things have happened. 
Vast quantities of ice cream and doughnuts were consumed… and we did a lot of work as well.
Great crested newt

Great crested newt

Nikkii, Becky, Franky, Callum and Sam went to Nunnery Mead to clear some scrub on Tuesday morning, and then went off to Brackett’s Coppice to put some more handrails on our lovely bridge.
It's not the same without Josh

It's not the same without Josh..... its better!

 Wednesday and Thursday we (Nikkii, Miranda, Franky, Callum, Josh, Becky and Sam) went to Leeson House (getting slightly lost on the way) to restore a pond. The pond is going to be expanded and we needed to dig out all the old mud to find the liner so it could be taken up, and also clear the scrub from around the edge. So lots of digging happened and we all got covered in mud. This new pond will be a wonderful habitat to attract lots of Great Crested newts.

Oh no Josh is back

Oh no Josh is back

 Whilst clearing the vegetation and mud, a great many tennis balls were found and also a rather interesting pipe.

Sam tries his best to get a smile out of Josh

Sam tries his best to get a smile out of Josh

During a break we went pond dipping and found all sorts of wildlife – from pond skaters to the infamous Great Crested Newt.

Pond dipping

Pond dipping

Turned out the mud could be rolled back like carpet….

Stabbing the orc
Stabbing the orc

On Thursday afternoon and Friday, we went back to the Purbecks to take down all the signs from the Walk for Wildlife, and managed to do it in a very quick time – all that walking must be paying off! On Friday morning we also visited the Stonehill reserve to explore the woodland.

So all in all a rather tiring week!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Franky permalink
    September 27, 2009 10:48 pm

    Who wrote stabbing the orc”?? lmaf!

  2. Rachel permalink
    September 28, 2009 10:40 am

    Thanks guys for all your hard work, the site looks amazingly empty now, all set for the diggers next month.
    See you all again soon I hope.

  3. October 14, 2009 7:24 pm

    My Daddy used to say that Tarzan was nothing more than a bushy haired Legend. I now know that Tarzan’s Son/daughter is very much alive. Please note, i have tried to make this comment as politically correct as possible to keep the internet masters happy.
    Noel

  4. Andy Failsafe permalink
    October 15, 2009 9:46 am

    Josh dislikes college!

  5. Stevie babes permalink
    October 15, 2009 9:49 am

    I can hear orcs crying when i close my eyes.

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