It wasn’t that bad really, but had to get a Halloween pun in there somewhere.
Yesterday our team of volunteers managed a small patch of heathland in Grants Moor for our reptile friends, and we had a massive team of 20 people ! Good job I brought extra biscuits.
The site was starting to be taken over by various plant species such as Broom, Oak, Birch and Bramble and the Heather itself needed a bit of TLC as it had become too mature in some areas.
Janet and Chris tackled the large clump of Oak saplings.
Paul giving his usual cheek and Meticulous Mike going to town with the hedgecutter on what once was a big patch of Bramble.
Lets play a game of spot the volunteer, there are five in this photo.
By the end of the day our heathland looked beautiful and clear. It is best to do heathland management at this time of year as most reptiles will be going into hibernation and therefore we cause very little impact to their environment. By removing invasive species, heather is able to grow easier and we can obtain different age classes which makes the area scrappy, perfect for scaly friends.
I would thank everyone individually but I think I would be here all day ! Thank you to everyone who came along, you all did a fantastic job managing the site.
Assistant Ranger Bobbie