There has been quite a number of environmentally related tasks undertaken by various NCVs during the last month so, without any further ado, let's have a look at what's been going on.
Well - it wouldn't be a lockdown blog without a rubbish photograph from Anita, would it? By rubbish I am talking litter - not photographic quality. A first prize in the photo competition showed just how good Anita's skills are in that quarter!
The same group returned to continue the job the following week, on a much sunnier day. Could the provision of pies and cake on day one be partly the reason for them embracing this task?
Paul, too, has been doing his bit in Hackfall Wood. He has cleared some gullies and paths and created a brash pile. He reports that it is looking dry and spring like at the moment.
During March the NCVs have been taking part in 2 Zoom training sessions - the first about Moorland Management, given by Tracy and Mick Johnson of the Nidderdale Moorland Group,
This session was very interesting and heartening to listen to. The amount of conservation work that the Nidderdale gamekeepers do to protect and encourage wildlife on the moors is commendable.
The following week was the first of two on pond management from Ann Carter of the Freshwater Habitats Trust. It covered a number of topics including:
- The state of the country's freshwater habitats. This part of the session contained some disappointing data regarding the state of the country's fresh water habitats. Apparently it is ponds that are the cleanest freshwater habitats.
- Pond surveying - quite a few of us are now very keen to get out with some testing kits!
- Pond Management Risk Assessment - here we learned about the need to take a 'precautionary approach' rather than going in with loppers and dredgers willy nilly. The most unlikely looking ponds are often the ones that should be left, as they are as they can contain rare species.