The next work party will be the last one of 2015. As befits the recent weather we will be concentrating on matters watery. Operation Dipper will target the banks of the brook, starting with the area between the downstream bridge and the hide weir, with the aim of improving the habitat for Dipper, Kingfisher, Water Vole and Banded Demoiselle. Should enough people turn up we may be able to move on to clearing the north and west ditches.
To help out at the work party, meet at the reserve on Saturday, 21st November, at 9:30 am. We will finish around lunchtime. All members are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Please wear appropriate work clothes, stout shoes, boots or wellies, and thorn-proof gardening gloves or equivalent. Loppers, secateurs and a spade would all be useful tools to bring for removing bramble runners. A couple of Cromes will be made available to aid removal of vegetation from the water. If anyone is keen to play in the brook then waders are advisable.
Organised work parties take place at the Jim Mart reserve on the morning of the third Saturday in every month, except in December. For further information about the reserve visit the Jim Mart NR pages on the Ogston Bird Club website http://www.ogstonbirdclub.co.uk/ , or contact Peter Faulkner by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (0784 214 8888).