The BVC Trust has been working hard on their Tern Raft Project this year and Colin Wilson has been in and out our yard, progressively getting muddier as they work to complete the Rafts for Frimley. Below is what Colin had to report.
The reedbed project is now entering a safety stage. To monitor the wildlife we need to be able to move around safely so we are building boardwalks for the deeper, wetter parts and to avoid the many tree roots remaining after the clearance work. In the last two days we have cut up and strengthened a number of fishing platforms that were being replaced at Lakeside Nature Reserve Ash and made them into 3 and 4 board widths for the reedbed. Andre is standing on the pile at the beginning of the second day, he is working with Tony on fixing the strengtheners as we go and finally, one of the piles of lengths is ready for placement near the reeds. We ran out of time with just two platforms to be reduced so all in all a successful session. Our thanks go to Andre Lampitt, and Tony Barnes on both days, John Murrell and Ken Bigrave on the first day. Also thanks to BVCP for the loan of the generators needed for the power tools. NOTE: The vehicles needed partly blocked the Blackwater Valley path and we apologise for any inconvenience to cyclists and walkers.