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Elsewhere in the reserve other volunteers set to, clearing unwanted undergrowth with a variety of instruments.
Ian prepares the planks that will allow (precarious) access to the island. It has become seriously overgrown with bramble and snowberry. The latter is a strongly growing, hardy exotic from the Americas. It is said to be an important winter food source for quail, pheasant and grouse, while being poisonous to humans.
The planks are lowered cautiously and work begins on the island.

1st  December: Our last working party in 2012 was well attended and it was good  to see new faces among the regulars.The weather was dry, with a frosty start.

Several volunteers were rewarded by glimpses of the kingfisher.

Carole Morris on her way to update one of the notices that greet visitors to the reserve.
12 o'clock: time to finish. The bridge is hauled back from the island and returned to quarters.
Coffee and biscuits at 11 o'clock, courtesy of the Stonebridges.
Jane Rooth took most of the photos on this page.
Click to enlarge the small photos.
Photo: Eileen Stonebridge
Photo: Eileen Stonebridge

27th December: The last event of the year was a guided walk in the Reserve for the Clifton Rotarians, led by Eileen Stonebridge.

Photo: Eileen Stonebridge

Photo: Eileen Stonebridge

The walk started in damp conditions, but ended with a rare glimpse of sunshine and blue sky.

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