Last Sunday the Moor Green Lakes volunteers had our annual trip to Plover Island to clear vegetation and expose the shingle surface. In spite of the cold northerly wind we had a good turnout of 16 and when Jon donned his waders and setup the pontoon we could all get started.
As well as the normal vegetation clearing, Roger and Jon had plans to re-profile an area of the shore to provide shallows for wading birds and Tony, Sarah and Angus set to extending the jetty towards the shore.
By lunchtime, the pontoon had been extended so we could start barrowing the piles of vegetation that had already been accumulated. It was so much easier now that you didn’t have the drop off the end of the pontoon into mud.
Roger and his team also completed a nice shallow muddy edge providing a loafing/ feeding area for water birds.
The hard work continued after lunch and by the end of the day the island was looking really clear.
It was just down to Jon again to brave the water and return the pontoon to the island.
Many thanks to all the volunteers that came out on Sunday. You have made an incredible difference. Our next volunteer work party will be on Sunday December 10th where we hope to clear Tern Island (weather permitting).
Volunteer Leaders: Duncan, Jane and Jon