Friday, 10 January 2014

A Wet New Year

Happy New Year to you all and I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas.

We’ve quickly got back into the swing of things at the fen, tidying up after Christmas and getting some new projects underway.
We have spent a couple of days this week trying to drain some of the larger puddles along the cycle track that runs beside Wicken Lode. We have dug some small grips from the path to the lode so a lot of the water will now freely flow away. There are still some small puddles, but you no longer need wellies to wade down the path. We even had a couple of webbed footed visitors come and check out what we were up to. 
The puddle problem

One of the new drains to fix the puddle problem
Our resident swans came to inspect our work
  On Wednesday Carol and I went over to Gutterbridge Community Woodland at Swaffham Bullbeck, to clear some larger trees with chainsaws. The woodland is being looked after by the Swaffham Bullbeck community who are creating a series of footpaths and glades through the woods to make a wildlife area for the community to enjoy. So, with our chainsaws we were able to remove some of the trees in the glade areas, that were too large for the work parties to chop down, and some of the dangerous hanging trees that had been blown over. To find out more about Gutterbridge visit the Wicken Fen and Anglessey Abbey Community Blog
The felled trees to create the second glade at Gutterbridge

We’ve been braving the bad weather all week, having to wrap up against the wind and the rain to get our jobs done. Though while checking the fences out on Tubney Fen last week I did shelter in the truck when a very threatening black sky opened up with a downpour of hail, rain and thunder!
The sky above Tubney just before it released a hail storm

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