Volunteers turn out to support nature reserve workday

March 29 2015

A TEAM of volunteers collected litter, planted trees and cleared silt from a pond during a workday at the Wapley Bushes nature reserve in Yate.

Wapley Bushes nature reserve volunteers given a safety briefing by Tim Fairhead before starting work.

A TEAM of volunteers collected litter, planted trees and cleared silt from a pond during a workday at the Wapley Bushes nature reserve in Yate.
The 26-strong group of helpers included members of the Wapley Bushes Conservation Group and friends, family groups and a community work party from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Trees that were planted will form a barrier at the edge of the picnic area, while 15 bags were filled with litter picked up from the main paths and public areas.
Clearance of silt from the water channel out of the site’s top pond was necessary to stop it overflowing. Controlling the flow of the water conserves various habitats and is a vital part of the reserve management.
A quantity of frogspawn was also discovered for the first time in one part of the pond, accounting for the number of frogs that have been seen in the meadows.
Pictures by Paul Hulbert