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28th January: It has been an unusually mild month, characterised by moderate rainfall and very little frost. The reserve is showing some signs of optimistic new growth in places.

The wet conditions, combined with the reserve's growing popularity, have meant that viscous mud has become an increasing problem in places where drainage is poor and ground cover fragile.

Our working parties will continue to strengthen the paths to protect the more vulnerable areas.

Mark has now re-positioned the palings so that visitors can take advantage of the new path behind the oak, allowing the area of trampled mud time to recover.
Water is pouring out of the lake. Unfortunately it's escaping through the leak beside the spillway.

In Just-
spring      when the world is mud-
luscious the little lame
balloonman
whistles      far       and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

from Chanson Innocente by e.e.cummings

Carole's photo gives a good idea of the extent of damage occurring over some of the more vulnerable paths.
Photo: Carole Morris
It's really not spring yet, but we've got plenty of mud, so here is an extract from a poem in which mud and puddles play their part:
Photo: Carole Morris
Photo: Carole Morris
aaaaaaaaaaaaiii