Thirteen turn out in snow to crack on with Ruxley nature reserve vegetation management

The first snow of the winter didn’t deter the working party of 13 people at Ruxley Gravel Pits on Sunday 17th January. It was interesting to see the footprints in the snow and the tracks across the frozen icy water where the birds had been out and about. With the temperature around 0°C the party divided into two groups and set about warming themselves up by clearing more brambles & buddleia. Although we have had quite a lot of rain recently the levels of the water in the lakes didn’t seem to have altered. The sun shone and the temperature warmed so most of the snow had melted by the afternoon. The next working party is on Sunday, 7th February (full details on the ‘Bexley Wildlife’ website calendar page) and this will be the penultimate bash before letting the place rest for the breeding season.

Here’s a selection of photos taken at the event:

Ruxley Snow Jan 17th 2016

Ruxley Snow and path 17th Jan 2016

Ruxley Chopping bramble 17th Jan 201

Ruxley By coppice 17th Jan 2016

Ruxley Happy volunteers 17th Jan 2016

Martin Watts

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