Sixth-formers from the nearby Crayford Haberdashers Aske’s Academy helped with key winter tasks at Thames Road Wetland on the afternoons of 7th October and 11th November, getting most of the required Reedmace-pulling done in double-quick time and also cutting back Sallows to increase bushiness and maintain key views out across the site. Buddleia was pruned to facilitate the planned installation of a stile over an internal barbed wire fence.
Pulling areas of Reedmace helps maintain some shallower areas of more open water, creating a greater variety of habitat types on the site, and makes a modest impact on silt build up. The main pulled area is within view of the sewer embankment, providing opportunities to observe winter bird activity which, when one is lucky, can include the resident Water Rail
We are grateful to the pupils for giving up their spare time to help, as these tasks would have taken a lot longer with just the regular volunteers, and to the careers advisor for making the arrangements.
With projected work at Thames Road Wetland and the surrounding area the subject of a successful funding bid, including the imminent appointment of a temporary paid project worker, Thames21’s River Cray Project Officer Michael Heath and I are keen to further develop links with the school, in order to deliver ongoing educational and environmental benefits for both local young people and the wider public.
Chris Rose, Thames Road Wetland (Volunteer) Site Manager