Note - This is in addition to this Sunday 3rd April when we will be in Cannon Hill North
I would normally volunteer with the Dorset Council Rights of Way team on a Tuesday, but this coming week they are not running a session, so we are taking the opportunity to have another go at clearing some of the Rhododendron that is adjacent to the heathland site.
Volunteers from the RoW group and our own are equally welcome to come along!
Details as before for this Tuesday -
Although we have completed our main work on the heathland restoration site until the Autumn to avoid disturbance of ground nesting birds and reptiles etc, we have identified a task that will support it.
We will be cutting and stacking invasive Rhododendron in the pine plantation surrounding the heathland to stop it spreading onto the site. This will involve cutting it and stacking it neatly where it is. By not dragging it around we will minimise the risk of impacting nesting birds (Rhododendron does not have the three-way forks in their branch structure that can support a nest). We will not be having a bonfire until the Autumn to avoid the risk of wild fire and disturbance to the wild life.
Hot and cold drinks, biscuits, gloves and tools supplied as always. Bring some lunch if you are staying long enough.
For those that have been to the heathland restoration sessions, we are virtually in the same place.
The work site is just 10 minutes walk (some say longer 🙂 from the nearest parking off Uddens Drive (North of the A31)
If you stick to the main vehicle track through Uddens plantation, you can't miss us, but I will put up some arrows. Work site - SU 05587 01601 W3W /// fear.marked.width
Parking - SU 04997 01187 W3W /// older.tributes.foot
(Or a little further up Uddens Drive, where parking is available on both sides of the road. Please don't block the gates).
All welcome (under 16s to be accompanied).
If you have not been before (or recently), we will need your name and contact number and also an emergency contact name and number.
Dress for the weather and ground conditions which may be a little wet.
Ideally let me know if you are planning to come along, but it's not essential if you fancy it at the last minute.