Over 300 hazel saplings were planted this morning in the newly cleared area alongside the main path.
A fantastic effort from everyone involved!
An astounding twelve metres of hedge laid this morning! Excellent teamwork from John, Jordan, Anne, Diana & Colin.
During today's work party several members took an hour to take part in the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Ian Hydon lead the group and despite poor light the apprentice twitchers made some excellent sightings including nuthatch, tree creeper and even a buzzard!
Great progress at today's hedgelaying work party. We have rounded the corner and are now on the long straight run to the finish.
The 2017/19 nest box survey is well under way now with Mike, Malcolm, Sheila and Ian manning the ladder this morning. Here are some photos that Ian took showing some of the boxes and their contents.
A blue tit nest with two unhatched eggs.
A nest constructed of moss, bit of wool, string and tennis ball fluff.
A box used by nuthatches with the entrance hole reduced in size by the birds using a mud and saliva "cement" mix.
Mince pies and hot fruit punch at tea break today courtesy of Santa and his storm kettle.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all you wonderful Holt Copse people.
See you on Jan 13th!
After today's session the hedge is actually starting to look quite good!
Some skillful bashing of binders going on here.
At today's work party we finally made a start on the hedgelaying around the area known as "The Bermuda Triangle".
We managed to lay 4 or 5 metres and got some poles knocked in.
We still need to tidy it up a little and get the binders started.
But it's not looking too bad so far even if I say so myself!
Reporter Charlotte from That's TV Thames Valley called by during our midweek work party today to record a piece about our project entered in the Aviva Community Fund competition.
Mike Saynor, Colin Melhuish - HCCV Joint Co-ordinators